Los Angeles

Donald Borthwick

Santa Barbara Museum and Gallery de Silva

Donald Borthwick’s paintings are fresh and in­ventive, full of whimsy, humor, pathos and pain. Some of his canvases are abstract, many of them have literary references, and others are filled with figurative and realistic material.

Studio Assembly is divided into areas of concentrated movement and activity fused into spatial relationships that are evocative. Model Walking is a carefully drawn chair with an elegant textured drape calculated to emphasize the movement of the model walking away.

Others, such as Plan for an un­painted title painting, or Essay on the Nature of painting, have typed literary references cut up and glued onto the face of the picture. They read “a truly admirable type woman promising true love and great glory,” or “a landscape seen through here that only an Impressionist brush could marry to canvas,” or “an unknown and uncircumscribed spirit ascending the stairs.” These

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