Los Angeles

Edward Reep

Paul Rivas Gallery

Few painters are as capable as Edward Reep is in maintaining a middle of the road position between today’s experimental and traditional forms of painting, without becoming static or repetitive. Granted, Reep does adventure occasionally into what would appear to be pure abstraction––Solitude is such (al­though it may have derived from the object)––and in so doing communicates most effectively. But the esthetic means employed are familiar ones derived from the experiments of the first part of the century. Whether using the image or not, Reep refers to the natural world or to common experiences that can be understood with ease. There is no shock, no far-fetched metaphor, no intentional ambiguity. Yet there is some­thing quite lively in the lyrical exuber­ance of color which he occasionally reaches. Stream with its grey rock forms and reflected fragments of light is bathed in yellow. Lobster Rake is even more a tour de force of fine painting. Rich with reds and oranges heightened by their complements, its forms are abstracted in degree but remain identifiable, and the dynamic imbalance of movement is held absolute. The general mood is a romantic one, decorative and pleasurable. Although nothing startling is attempted, that which is implied is usually done so with assurance and a certain aplomb.

Constance Perkins