ABSTRACTIONS: Art show featuring the work of Erin Rae Isabella and Jim Bradely
Thursday, September 21st from 6-8 PM
EAST PROVIDENCE, RI, September 8, 2017- The HeARTspot Art Center and Gallery is proud to present the show ABSTRACTIONS featuring the paintings of Erin Rae Isabella and Jim Bradley. ABSTRACTIONS is an abstract art show featuring the work of Erin Rae Isabella and Jim Bradley.
The Gallery Opening will take place on Thursday, September 21st from 6-8 PM. Light refreshments will be served and the artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Free and open to the public.
"The dynamic combination of these two distinctly different artists makes for a visually stunning display. Ms. Isabella's deeply moving, personal work is in line with the School of Abstract Expressionism whereas Mr. Bradley's intuitively created resin works are designed with an eye on achieving pure beauty with a volatile medium," said Jennifer Gillooly Cahoon of the HeARTspot Art Center and Gallery.
HeARTspot Art Center and Gallery is dedicated to helping East Providence become a thriving arts community by offering a range of classes for all different ages and backgrounds, fun paint and wine social events, gallery openings and by supporting local artist educators and artists/artisans through offering a space to practice their craft and sell their work.
About the Artists:
Trained as an artist and designer at Rhode Island School of Design, Ms. Isabella's work draws influences from Pollock, Richter, Klimt, and Rothko. Firmly placing her work in the School of Abstract Expressionism, she uses color, texture, and layering to tell deeply personal and complex stories inspired by traumatic life experiences.
Each painting is a story comprised of many layers, with each hidden one conveying its own tale through the ripples and marks it leaves on the surface of the finished canvas. In the end, an ugly truth is turned into something beautiful and enigmatic while for the artist, the cathartic experience of creating allows for the release of a moment of great turmoil and pain. Every painting is a marker on the path of survival and rebirth of love of self.
Our experiences shape us in hidden ways, creating intricate, hidden patterns we may never fully see and that others can only sense. Ms. Isabella's canvases reflect those nuanced layers of our interior selves through color and laborious brushwork. She hopes the end results show that even the most broken things in us shine beauty if we let them. Ms. Isabella currently resides in Warren, RI with her much beloved furry sidekick and special studio assistant Ahz the Wonder Dog.
Jim Bradley is a Providence-based artist who creates beautiful psychedelic-like paintings that utilize poured resin and pure pigments as the medium. His artwork contains astonishingly beautiful details that arise from his intuitive process and keen eye for design. Jim says that most of his creations are the result of pure improvisation and experimentation; a conversation, if you will, between an artist and his work.
“(With this process) One cannot hesitate or worry about the outcome. The process is fluid, intense, and at times unforgiving. The successful pieces capture a snapshot in time which cannot be replicated in exactly the same way ever again. When working, my aim is to let the piece flow from within to create objects of pure beauty while allowing myself to slip into that calm place in my mind I only can get to when I’m engaged in my work.”
WHAT: ABSTRACTIONS Art Show.
COST: Free and Open to the Public.
WHEN: Gallery Opening is scheduled for Thursday, September 21st from 6-8 PM
WHO: Artists: Erin Rae Isabella and Jim Bradley.
WHERE: HeARTspot Art Center and Gallery is located at 1970 Pawtucket Avenue, Lower Level next to East Providence High School. Parking lot and entrances are in rear of building. Handicap accessible.
For more information and to learn more about the artists and their work, visit https://www.heartspotart.com/gallery.