Carole Bolsey - April 2008
April 18th - May 14th, 2008
Cross MacKenzie Ceramic Arts has the great pleasure to announce the upcoming show at our gallery of new paintings and terra cottas by most accomplished artist Carole Bolsey.
As described by Cate McQuaid in the Boston Globe, Carole Bolsey’s paintings are “grand painterly abstractions that use recognizable shapes to explore the phantasm of light.” Her work drinks the light, plays with color and light effects with shimmering yellow reflections. Her dark shadows create a powerful chiaroscuro and lends the paintings a sense of gravitas. Bolsey’s long and impressive career included years in and around Washington DC where she showed her vast and commanding barns, boats and horses at the Troyer, Fitzpatrick, Lassman Gallery. The American Institute of Architecture presented an extensive exhibition called “The Shape with no Name” at their headquarters Gallery where Bolsey investigated the ubiquitous architectural shape she finds so compelling with her mural-sized barn paintings. Included in the WPA’s Curator’s Choice” Auctions at the Corcoran, Bolsey’s works overpowered everything else and landed in important collections.
She has returned to her native New England, where she studied at Bennington College and taught for many years at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and RISD. We are pleased to offer her DC area admirers the opportunity of seeing her spectacular paintings here in our gallery along with a new body of work never shown before in the medium of clay. “Objects of contemplation” says Bolsey of her mysterious Eastern inspired terra cotta masks.