The press is out!

Here is a great write up about our show at Endeavor Gallery and other First Friday art happenings in Lucidrva:

LUCID: RICHMOND'S VISUAL ARTS REVIEW

FIRST FRIDAY. APRIL 5TH: HEADCOUNT PORTRAIT SHOW AT ENDEAVOR + OTHER HIGHLIGHTS.

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Headcount Portrait Show at Endeavor RVA

Endeavor RVA is an artist’s collective and sometime gallery. Shows usually pop up there around First Friday. Their current exhibition is titled Headcount Portrait Show, featuring ten different artists working in our region. This includes DC, Charlottesville, Alexandria and Richmond.

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One thing I like about Endeavor is their willingness to take chances. The gallery is run by young, emerging artists who are generally interested in making and showing work that is solidly representational but also experimental, unique, or conceptually engaged on some level. I’ve seen some good shows there before, but I think this is one of the best.

Here’s a sample of what’s on the menu:

      Scott Hutchison is an artist who specializes in the human figure. Like Walker at Glave Kocen there is a bit of the flamboyance of American illustration in his work, but Hutchison’s flair feels more closely related to the eighties. His colors are high key, and his figures have multiple limbs, sometimes seen from various angles at once. Fun stuff. Slick, but not too slick.

Miguel Carter-Fisher is exhibiting a series of atmospheric drawings on toned paper. His sitters are restrained, thoughtful and reflective, and so is his handling of chalk and charcoal.

Miguel Carter-Fisher at Endeavor RVA

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   Aaron Pavelis is a highly trained figure painter. He spent several years in Florence studying at one of the most highly acclaimed Atellier schools in Europe. But unlike so many of the Atellier influenced painters Aaron appears to be breaking away from academic formula while maintaining the essential aspects of skill and discipline garnered through his training. He is exhibiting an outdoor portrait that aims to capture the play of light on a partly overcast day. There are subdued pinks and greens, subtle flesh tones and delicate neutrals. Aaron lays down both atmosphere and corporality in this painting, all expressed with an intriguing degree of descriptive experimentation in the brushwork.

    Speaking of brushwork… Agnes Grochulska might just be the star of this show. Her paintings are small but serve up a powerful punch. For years Agnes has been an incisive draftsman of the human form with a  penchant for intuitive and expressive execution that borders on the performative. Now that combination of force and fluidity is seeping into her painting.

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Agnes Grochulska at Endeavor RVA

She is exhibiting two figures painted over spare black backgrounds. Their bodies are delineated by looping white lines of paint, and their faces are modeled with partly translucent strokes, some long, some short, applied without much blending, jagged edges and all. But the bold application of paint optically melds into the facial planes and expressions of her sitters. It’s a great merging of two seemingly disparate things that portrait painters have been tying to combine in various ways for centuries. Grochulska seems to be finding her own approach to this dilemma in a way that does justice to the individuality of her sitters. A lively bit of painting for sure!!

Other artists included in the show are Jacob Daniel Green, Ian C. Hess, Eli McMullen, Nate Szarmach, Nils Westergard and Nick Zimbrow.

     This exhibition is only up for four days. It comes down on Sunday, April 7th, so if you are interested in seeing it, get down there soon!!


Miles Hall is a painter and art educator. He has taught Drawing, Painting, Color Theory, and Modern Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University. He has an MFA in Studio Art and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History Theory and Criticism.

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