JERALD MELBERG GALLERY OPENS NEW SOLO EXHIBITION
Raúl Diáz: Reflection
June 1 – July 20, 2019
Jerald Melberg Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent paintings and sculpture by Córdoba, Argentina artist Raúl Diáz (b. 1952). In this new body of work, he continues the exploration of boats as a metaphor for the journey of life. He has also begun incorporating cones as a symbol of how one’s perspective and influence can expand exponentially throughout life.
Diáz has spent many years perfecting a technique for his two-dimensional works in which he carves thick wooden panels and then paints them. His imagery draws on childhood memories of lake fishing with his father and grandfather. The sight of wooden fishing boats, either dotting the water or stacked on the beach, is indelible in Diáz’ memory, and these same vessels frequently appear in the work as a metaphor for life’s journey. His compositions are notable for their contrast of technical invention with dream-like, contemplative imagery.
As his paintings are almost always bas-relief, it was a natural progression for him to begin making sculpture. Taking the boat and figural images into three dimensions he creates a new experience for the viewer and also expands his own technical prowess, employing both wood and bronze.
The subjects of Raúl Diáz' paintings are the topics of life. People and history become part of the things that form us from infancy. His belief is that we all live in a world struggling with conflicts and how to resolve them and that art either reflects this or sublimates it. His recent work is a poetic vision symbolic of our human existence.
Raúl Diáz invites us to remember… to go back… and to return again to those places which we keep like hidden treasures… memories which we do not consider all the time, but special gems which we take out and examine from time to time.
Raúl Diáz is one of the best known and celebrated living artists in Argentina. He has had over thirty-five solo exhibitions, including a mid-career retrospective in 2010 at the Caraffa Museo (of Modern Art) in Córdoba. He exhibits worldwide and has been represented by Jerald Melberg Gallery for twenty years.
Jerald Melberg Gallery will host a Coffee and Conversation lecture with the artist on Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m.
About Jerald Melberg Gallery:
Jerald Melberg Gallery was founded in 1983 and prides itself on enjoying a fine reputation based on years of honesty and integrity among our colleagues and collectors. We provide the professionalism, proper knowledge and expertise needed to place quality works of art in any public, private or corporate collection.
The gallery represents artists of such stature as Romare Bearden, the master American collagist of the twentieth century; Wolf Kahn, considered by many to be the premier living American landscape painter; and Robert Motherwell, one of the leaders of the American Abstract Expressionist movement.
Jerald Melberg Gallery is proud to have worked with numerous prestigious institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art and the Mint Museums, among many others.
Jerald Melberg Gallery is located at 625 South Sharon Amity Road near the intersection with Providence Road. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. For more information about the exhibition please contact the gallery at 704.365.3000. To view selected works online, visit the gallery website at www.jeraldmelberg.com.
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