San Francisco

Margaret Smith and William Luft

Labaudt Gallery

Margaret Smith’s paintings are semi-abstract oils of cityscapes, waterfront scenes and landscapes; they are rendered in crisp cubist divisions over which is floated thin coats of clear, rather atmospheric color.

Luft exhibits three distinct styles in this group of recent paintings: a loose, realistic genre style, a semi-abstract approach which makes use of overlapping color planes with deep space rarely suggested, and a totally non-objective approach wherein the two-dimensional canvas is treated as a completely flat surface with no hint of deep space. The painter instinctively composes more satisfying and consummate works in the non-objective manner. In the latter group, the unmodulated colors laid one on top of the other, forming small rhythmic shapes, take one on cheerful visual excursions.

James Monte