Los Angeles

Ernest Lacy

Heritage Gallery

Ernest Lacy is holding his annual exhibit at the Heritage Gallery with recent paintings and a group of drawings. Perhaps best known as a draftsman and printmaker, Mr. Lacy is pushing painting. The oils tend to appear as colored drawings. Paint is not handled with understanding. The forms are not conceived and executed in the paste but are found in line and then a color-substance is applied. As a result there is no life to the forms. Lacy’s drawings are much better understood. Michelangelesque figures pose in affected contrapposto. There is much hatching and shadow making and general playing with the medium. One can only wish for the artist to find a genuine art concern about which he could be deeply committed. At present Lacy seems most concerned with a pose of seriousness which does not conceal his basic lack of content.

Gerald Nordland