Los Angeles

Douglass Parshall

Santa Monica Art Gallery

A host of wash, conte and ink drawings, watercolors, and a few oils offer the wide variety of Parshall’s talent. The washes over conte are conceived from a graphite or charcoal base and touched with ink to suggest form. The figures are transparently diffused among waterfalls and light-washed sea rocks. The effect is persuasive, a kind of languished romanticism that permeates the rocks, figures, and waves, and make them elements of transcendent purpose. Some of the watercolors are weakened by haphazard pigment notes. The oils (save for the elusive and poetic Daybreak) self-consciously accost the paint surface forming angles, stumbles and tonalities that lack the conviction of the ink-washed works.

S. C. Schoneberg