Opening First Thursday June 6, Marcio Díaz presents new work in Sensing Color, an exhibit at ArtXchange Gallery. These paintings reveal the different qualities of light and weather that captivated Diaz after his move to the Pacific Northwest.
“There is more light in Nicaragua, but it makes everything flat,” he reflects. “In Nicaragua we react to the sun, not the rain. In the Pacific Northwest, I can see color deeply in the shadows. The distortion of the light by the rain and dew inspires me.”
Díaz soaked up the influences around him in the Pacific Northwest, both in the landscape and from the local art community. “I never knew the depth of color until I moved to Seattle,” says Díaz. He began to experiment with abstraction and new painting techniques emerged. He moved towards a pointillist technique involving layering dripped bubbles and circles of paint, which became his popular Bubblism style.
“His painting method is a bright-hued variation on the pointillism of Seurat, building an image from vibrant circles of color,” wrote Michael Upchurch in the Seattle Times. “The tensions between shimmer and almost-solid objects are exquisite.”
From the sunny, arid landscapes of Estelí to the lush tulip fields of SkagitValley, Díaz builds images through dappled brushstrokes and layers of shape. Sensing Color presents works in his signature Bubblism style, as well as new techniques that Díaz has been developing.
Sensing Color opens First Thursday June 6, 5-8pm, with the artist in attendance. In July, Díaz will offer a painting demonstration in the gallery on Thursday, July 11, 5-8pm (the official Pioneer Square replacement date for 2013 First Thursday in July which falls on the 4th).
Exhibition Dates: June 6 – July 27, 2013
Opening/Artist Reception: First Thursday, June 6 5-8pm (During the First Thursday Artwalk)
Artist Demo and reception: Thursday, July 11, 5-8pm
Location:ArtXchange Gallery, 512 First Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 5:30 PM