Los Angeles

Beverly Green

Paideia Gallery

Impressive sales records notwithstanding, the oil and watercolor sketches by Oregon-born Beverly Green demonstrate only the most familiar kind of abstract expressionism. Though she manages to introduce a pronounced awareness of color harmonics, this welcome aspect is belittled by a limited inventory of forms which she has seen fit to borrow from the flora of both sea and land. The interpretations, or “essences” as she prefers to call them, are each refined to the same degree of concentration, and in so doing all individuality of the originals has evaporated, leaving routine expressions with only commendably inventive colorations as the sole saving grace. From the Sea and Irrational Stems are perhaps the outstanding pieces in the exhibition though the small watercolor sketches receive the nod as the most pleasant to view.

Curt Opliger