The Love of Paint


Ruben Vidrio Paintings & Ross Sheehan Sculptures
at FLYNNDOG in Burlington
November 3-December 31, 2017

Artist Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-9PM with special guest Live Jump Duo

Rueben Vidrio’s paintings (image right) blend aspects of Cubism and Surrealism. Vibrant blocks of color and primitive movement are evident in Vidrio’s work. His colorful abstractions pay tribute to ancient Aztec design and culture. Vidrio became immersed in imagery of Aztec sculptures, paintings, pottery, and mosaic shields and masks, which has had a profound influence on his own paintings. He said, “I have always been fascinated by art of ancient civilizations…For me, this series is a way to connect to my ancestors and transform their art into a modern interpretation”.

Ross Sheehan’s new sculptures (image left) combine elements of Expressionism and Pop art. This recent group of “painted constructions” is comprised of smashed pottery, salvaged studio materials, furniture, tools, welded steel parts, and other recognizable objects from daily life. Sheehan said, “Each piece of collected material reminds me of my past. Assembled, the pieces start to tell their own story. The sculptures are then drenched with colorful liquid. Whether it be oil pen scribbles, drips of day-glow enamel, or heavy encrusted layers of oil…it’s the love of paint that unifies my work.”

(text adapted from the artists’ press materials)


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