San Francisco

Ronald Dahl and Carl Jennings

Richmond Art Center

Paintings and drawings of figures in a strange state of weightlessness, and decorative iron works that have the feel of honest craftsmanship and the look of beauty.

Dahl has his own ideas on subject-matter and has painted in a style strongly influenced by Frank Lobdell, which would indicate a thick, painterly surface and wonderfully plastic composition, with shape defined by sinuous brush-stroke. Despite its suggestion of Munch and Kokoschka, Dahl’s idiom borders on Surrealism: floating figures of fantastically colored dogs and people (in that order of importance) held in suspension just above the earth’s surface by atmospheric pressure. A gentle but persistent airstream appears to be pushing them willy-nilly, robbing them of the self-determination and freedom they might have had with the stabilizing restrictions of gravity. Animal and man alike are without a point of reference—no up, no

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