Kevin Sloan - The Peaceable Kingdom - 0 30 x 48 in. acrylic on canvas
Clark Gallery is honored to present new work by Ruth Bauer and Kevin Sloan, two artists whose lush landscapes recreate the flora and fauna of imaginary tropical locales. Featured are new paintings and watercolors by Ruth Bauer from her “Kokovoko Series” along with works by Kevin Sloan from his “Age of Discovery” series. The two concurrent solo shows will be on view through June 22, 2013, and all are invited to an artist talk by Ruth Bauer and reception on Wednesday, June 12, from 6-8 pm. In addition, The RBC Wealth Management Group will open a discussion entitled: Lending Solutions Unique to the World of Art.
Bauer’s jewel colored paintings and detailed watercolors of fantastical birds and insects from the mythical Isle of Kokovoko reveal her sense of wonder of the world and its infinite source of variety. She approaches her subject much like a nineteenth century naturalist whose field guides and illustrated books are among her cherished possessions. Her drawings and watercolors are enhanced by detailed descriptions of the many insects and flowers she has carefully drawn. Many of the species carry invented names that appear to be Latin or follow scientific conventions. This work is part of the artist’s ongoing interest in combining visual art with narrative and is part of a larger project to write a fictional journal of the young Charlotte Fullylove, an amateur naturalist from the 19th century who has traveled to the famed isle of Kokovoko titled Kokovoko The True Story of My Life on a South Pacific Island by Charlotte Fullylove.
Ruth Bauer received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, St. Anselm College, Hokin Kaufman Gallery, and at the Clark Gallery since 1984.
Kevin Sloan shares Bauer’s love for the world of nature but is more likely to subtly call our attention to the challenges facing our environment and its “silent inhabitants.” Allegorical in style, Sloan’s paintings are populated with penguins and whooping cranes that take center stage. Finely crafted and eerily lifelike, these creatures are caught in the most unlikely of circumstances as in the image of a whooping crane walking a tightrope. The painting, like all of his work, is an allegory for the delicate balance between nature and civilization and the need to conserve and respect our natural resources. Borrowing liberally from the past, Sloan openly acknowledges his debt to such 19th century giants as John James Audubon, who is known for his lifelong study of the birds of North America.
Kevin Sloan received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Temple University and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Arizona. He has had numerous one-man and group shows. His work is represented in many public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe; The Tampa Museum of Art, The Phoenix Museum of Art, and Chase Manhattan Bank among others. This will be his first solo show at the Clark Gallery.