Marcia Holmes celebrates “Syncopation,” her twelfth solo exhibition since first making her mark in 1999 on the north shore of New Orleans. Ms. Holmes lives and paints in her home studio in Mandeville, one hundred yards from the Tchefuncte River. She was designated a Master Pastelist in September 2016 by the Pastel Society of America in New York City. Additionally, Holmes earned Master Circle status via the International Association of Pastel Societies for her exceptional accomplishments in that medium. She regularly paints in Italy and France and has completed an American Master’s Residency for the practice of abstraction with Steve Aimone in Florida.
Water is a principal leitmotif of Marcia’s oeuvre; its reflective, spectral surfaces and cascading, yet rhythmic movements guide her brush. While having painted en plein air at Monet’s Giverny, Holmes’ own waterlily works are inspired by views in herbackyard landscape, where a pond contains those plants. Her turn toward large scale canvases, requested by many clients, has resulted in works which may remind us of the Impressionist’s grand Water-Lily Pond series (ca. 1916-19).
Akin to Kandinsky’s application of the theories of synaesthesia to his painting (i.e. the connection between color and perceptions of hearing and taste), Holmes here explores a “syncopated” rhythm, her own visual jazz of tone, form, and improvised composition.
New Orleans abstractionist Zona Wainwright’s new work is the culmination of her artistic practice, developed over nearly two decades of studying and teaching at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts.
These paintings are suffused with the architecture and fauna of our local environment: the fading paint and bricks of weathered buildings, the texture and shapes of broken cement, banana trees and other foliage. Observations of color on recent trips to Positano and Carcassonne inflects these views. Zona’s work is further characterized by gestural “markmaking” with charcoal, pastel, and graphite.
These works were created in her home studio on Milan Street.