ROI JAMES LUCRECIA WAGGONER
B A L A N C E
Laura Rathe Fine Art Presents New Contemporary Artworks In Two-Person Exhibition In Dallas, Texas
(Dallas, TX, April 15, 2015) – Dallas Design District gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art, announces the exhibition “Balance’ featuring new paintings and porcelain installations by Texas contemporary artists, Roi James and Lucrecia Waggoner, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 16th, from 5-8pm.
As a pairing, both artists’ complimentary bodies of work present unique techniques and mediums, as seen in James’s bold, yet meditative oil paintings and Waggoner’s dynamic and organic wall installations in porcelain and precious metals.
The “Balance” collection will be on display through June 20, 2015.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Having emerged from a classical background, Austin artist, Roi James began his career as an artist gaining inspiration from the great romantic landscape painters, such as J.M.W Turner, Claude Lorrain, Caspar David Friedrich, and Thomas Moran. As James’s body of work evolved, he started to explore newer traditions in Abstract Expressionism, Op Art and Minimalism. With his newer series, James experimented and discovered unorthodox methods of applying and moving oil paint to create archetypal forms that infused a sense of both familiarity and mysteriousness.
Regarded as transcendent and conceptual, James’s works and techniques express a sense of fluency to viewers, as seen in his diverse range of meditative abstract paintings and architectural wall sculptures. As he describes his process as a sort of ‘creative surrender’ to his thoughts and emotions, James states that with each piece, he ultimately strives to convey a feeling of freedom and to encourage contemplation.
Raised in Mexico City, porcelain and installation artist, Lucrecia Waggoner, recalls her first memory and discovery of ceramics at the age of 7 while visiting and viewing the collections at Mexico’s nationally renowned museum, Museo de Antrpologia. As her interest and passion grew for the art of pottery, Waggoner continued her studies and education by enrolling in ceramics courses as she traveled across Europe. Upon her return to the states, she enrolled at Parsons School of Design in New York, where she met her mentor, porcelain artist, Heidi Loewen. Under the guidance of Loewen, Waggoner then formally began her career as a professional artist.
As a contemporary artist, Waggoner implements and applies various materials in her artwork, including precious metals, such as 22k Gold, Palladium and Copper that add depth and illuminate each piece. With her artistic vision, she creates installations that are intricately mapped in forms and compositions that mimic elements derived from nature and abstract visions of landscapes. Waggoner’s works are shown internationally and acquired in various private, public and corporate collections.
ABOUT LAURA RATHE FINE ART
With over 25 years of experience in the art industry, Gallery owner, Laura Rathe, started her career working as a private art dealer prior to establishing the Laura Rathe Fine Art gallery in 1998 in Houston, Texas. In February 2013, the gallery expanded and opened a second location in Dallas on Dragon Street, the city’s premiere arts district destination.
Since the gallery’s inception, Laura Rathe Fine Art has become reputable for representing and featuring established, mid-career contemporary artists, many of whom have been acquired into world-renowned private, corporate and museum collections. Various clientele and collections include BBVA Compass, HKS Architects Headquarters, CBRE, Wells Fargo, W Hotels, UTSW Hospital and Halliburton. http://www.laurarathe.com/