Our Illuminated Journey
March 7-28, 2014
First Friday Gallery Walk: March 7, 6-10pm
The Upfront Gallery, devoted to Artspace member artists, features landscape paintings by recent Artspace Artists Association member Paul Gala. Among his influences are the Old Masters and the artists of the Hudson River School. Gala elaborates:
By attending many different plein air workshops over the years, I have been transported back in time. I’ve walked the same terrain of some of the great artists, and painted at some of the same locations they did. The history and experiences of the artists, the virtually untouched scenic landscapes, and the pure immensity of nature in these places overwhelms, humbles, excites and inspires me emotionally and spiritually.
Through my exhibition Our Illuminated Journey, I’d like to introduce viewers to my use of chiaroscuro and sfumato techniques that give way to a mysterious, luminous representation of nature in my art. I start with an initial inspiration, follow the paint and then through chaos comes order—inspiration, nature, mystery, and luminosity all come together in the final piece. I’d like to enhance the viewer’s understanding that enjoyment of art is an individual experience. I provide the jumping off point and then they take an interactive journey and are transported to their own special place.
Paul Gala’s artistic journey began while living as a student in Paris, France in the early 1990s. He continues his education by attending classes and workshops with various artists, most recently David Dunlop. Gala holds a BA in Economics from St. John Fisher College. Gala’s works have been exhibited in numerous shows and auctions at venues including Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts, Raleigh (2014 Raleigh Fine Arts Society NC Artists Exhibition); North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; Fine Arts League of Cary, Cary, NC; Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh; and The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC. His work is published in the book Tree: a Community of Artists Exploring the Meaning of Nature, and is held in several private collections. Gala is continually grateful to no longer be working in the finance industry.