Friday, April 3, 2009

Laurie Lipton and Annie Owens @ Rivet Gallery

RIVET is pleased to announce its upcoming two-artist exhibition, Annie Owens and Laurie Lipton. The exhibition will open April 4th, featuring work from both artists, and be on view in RIVET from April 4, 2009 through April 29, 2009. An Opening Reception for the exhibition will be hosted Saturday, April 4th, 2009, 7-10pm.

Annie Owens, is a native of California's Bay Area and is currently living in Albany as the co-founder of Hi-Fructose magazine. She's shown in various gallery group exhibits over the last three years with her first solo show last May. Her work is Primarily rendered in watercolors and ink on paper. Her figurative paintings depict sullen faced girls who confront viewers with sometimes malicious stares, sometimes with a baleful gaze. The figures represent qualities within familial relationships and the varying complicated degrees of affection, malice, distrust, pain and love which exist within them.

Laurie Lipton, was born in New York and began drawing at the age of four. She was the first person to graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing (with honors). She has lived in Holland, Belgium, Germany and France and has made her home in London since 1986. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the USA. Lipton was inspired by the religious paintings of the Flemish School. She tried to teach herself how to paint in the style of the 17th century Dutch Masters and failed. When traveling around Europe as a student, she began developing her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting. "It's an insane way to draw", she says, "but the resulting detail and luminosity is worth the amount of effort".