San Francisco

Group Exhibit

Locke-Hurst Gallery

Frank Swig exhibits paintings that are sums of daubed palette knife strokes which build the entire surface of the picture into an almost mosaic pattern. Clair Jordan shows smooth, slow moving abstract rhythms that rely on roughly ovoid shapes and comprise the bulk of this painter’s work. Lanners contributes portraits of females in garish colors that re-state Picasso of the late thirties. J. Barrowman’s well handled figure studies in various drawing media show this artist to be an accomplished draftsman. Paul Hague’s drawings face the works of Barrowman across the crowded room; the proximity makes some comparison inevitable. Both artists draw with restraint and sensitivity and yet Hague’s work pulls the spectator into it to find or to make concrete the elusive images flitting across the paper. What is discovered is a withdrawn, mocking humor.

James Monte