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Acrylic 'Pour' Paintings on Display at Wente Vineyards

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Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 12:00 am

New acrylic pour paintings by Livermore artist Linda Ryan hang in “Flow," an exhibition in the Wente Vineyards Estate Winery & Tasting Room at 5565 Tesla Rd. in Livermore. There is a reception with the artist set for Sunday, January 4, from 1-3pm.

The exhibition will be available for viewing now through January 25.

The abstract, fluid nature of these works is a result of a combination of things. First, Ryan’s continuing exploration of motion and energy through abstraction – usually of one or more figures, sometimes a figure in the action of dance, and always striving to create a connection to that energy within the view. She found herself with an unusable thumb and her hand in a cast, unable to hold a brush, during her scheduled vacation painting days after this October’s ArtWalk. This led to utilizing the pouring medium she had been exploring extensively for years to create works that suspend the movement of flowing pigment in glossy transparency.

Ryan explains, “I’m fascinated by this medium and how pigments react in it, which one is heavier, which one likes to float and flow, which likes to spread or clump or intermingle. Pouring, then tilting, dripping, and setting them level when the composition worked, watching them come to life as they dry and the medium clears … all of it was intensely satisfying.”

Most of the works were larger than her earlier pour experiments, the largest of this exhibition being 30x30. Ryan found that the larger boards allowed for more freedom of movement and a more visually stimulating result.

Ryan is an award-winning artist whose works are in collections across the States and in Europe. She has sold well over 350 paintings, through galleries and art exhibits, since she learned to paint in 1999. Ryan’s work was chosen to be the label art for the four 2014 Wente Exclusive Club Members’ Releases under their Artist Series.

She is also well-known in the area for her dedication and work on behalf of the arts community, including managing the Bothwell Arts Center, co-managing the Downtown Art Studios (both projects of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center) and directing ArtWalk Livermore since she started the festival in 2002. Ryan was presented with an Alameda County Arts Commission Arts Leadership Award for her work in the arts community in October, 2014.

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