Los Angeles

Allan Blizzard

Rex Evans Gallery

Mr. Blizzard’s subject matter is pri­marily the turn-of-the-century world of Cézanne and the Dreyfus case; the world immortalized by the Impression­ists and Marcel Proust, presented not as an essay in sentimentality but as the foundation for works of grace and charm. The artist works in paint, a combination of patterned cloth and paint, and in small bronze figures and heads. These graceful, small bronzes share the elegance of the paintings.

They tend to be rather slight, and function perfectly as three-dimensional adjuncts to the paintings. The two paintings which do not utilize fabric are completely painterly. The largest work in the exhibition, Cézanne in a Landscape combines magnificent shades of red played against hot greens in a truly beautiful manner. In the works which combine cloth with paint the fabric is not used as true collage, but as a ground to create a mood through the combination of un­usual patterns. This is a highly success­ful device in the hands of Mr. Blizzard, who shows a sure instinct in combin­ing diverse elements into a strong, mood-filled unity. Only in Madame M. as Figurehead: The Leading Lady does the patterning go awry and create confusion rather than mood. In such works as Madame M. with Beads the play of pattern against the figure strength­ens both into a unified work which rep­resents its subject-matter—the mood of an entire period—in entirely con­temporary means. The artist presents this world with charm, with ability, and with a thorough understanding of his media.

––H. J. Weeks