|"#3" oil on canvas by Robert Vogel|
He’s good, damn good at what he does, with a wonderful sense of spatial arrangement and a sure stroke.
|"Water Buffalo" oil on canvas by Robert Vogel|
A lifetime of work is crowded into the gallery, with nearly 20 paintings hung on the walls plus many more stacked on the floors, and almost 50 drawings tacked up above the paintings. Gallery owner Peter MacDonald wrote: “This man has drawn many miles of lines. His drawings of the figure show lots of body parts, so if that offends you, go no further. However, if you love the figure as much as I do, come have a look. In addition to the major works, there are many reasonably priced smaller drawings to frame yourself.”
Mostly they’re nudes, all female, but there are also some paintings of animals and still life arrangements. I was particularly impressed with “Water Buffalo.”
One of the best paintings is “#3” (not all have titles and not all the labels were up when I saw the show). It is a studio interior with a seated nude on the floor upper left and a table filled with cans stuffed with brushes lower right. The floor throughout is acid green. Above the table, sticks of various colors are strewn on the floor like pick-up-sticks, if I am interpreting this correctly. The artist’s point of view changes from overhead looking down at the table to eye-level with the nude. Vogel’s use of harsh angles in this one and his placement in space are marvelous.
Two of the nicest works are “Little Abstract #1” and “Little Abstract #2,” both easily overlooked in an out-of-the-way spot in the front room.
This is an outstanding exhibition of what I would call much better than average academic drawing and painting.
Brick House Gallery, Third Thursday 5-9 p.m. and by appointment, through Aug. 31, 1123 South Fawcett St., 253.230.4880 or 253.627.0426.]
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