Eva Speer's work at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art creates levity and grandeur using color, shape and deliciously poofy cloud formations.
If one were to peer through a lens into the cosmos, this is an awesomely gorgeous representation of what one might see.
See "Eden", 2009 (above) 18" x 18", oil on canvas
Aside from the clouds and color, I love how she uses brightly colored elements like fireworks in "Stratagem". This directs us to the background using color as our guide. Compositionally, "Stratagem" is stronger than "Eden", but it is also much larger and uses gouache (a matte watercolor) instead of oil paint.
Hartman did depart from the norm by showing a painter instead of a photographer in his gallery this month. The results, however, are well worth it!
See "Stratagem", 2009 (below) 34" x 46", gouache on paper
Eva Speer's work shows through March, 2009.
134 NW 8th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209 (DeSoto Building)