Los Angeles

Estelle Chaves

Rex Evans Gallery

Dream-world Italianate landscape fantasies executed with refined, youthful charm and imaginative, motherly care, combine a tight, highly-finished picture surface with a seemingly naive penchant for the mysterious. The Piazza della Signoria and fragments of other familiar landmarks depicted as they might have been hazily remembered rather than seen. Smoothly modeled form and deep, razor-sharp, geometric edges of shadows work well with the bright, child like, joyous colors of Miss Chaves’ happy palette. Unpretentious, unprofound, uncomplicated and uncluttered, these architectural improvisations speak well for a youthful artist who has not yet found her path but appears to be enjoying the pangs of discovery along the way.

Arthur Secunda