San Diego

San Diego

Various Venues, San Diego

At La Jolla’s Jefferson Gallery is a dramatic two-man show of paintings and drawings by former San Diegan (he now lives in San Bruno) Fred Holle and oils and sculptures by Sheldon Kirby. There is a broad gulf between the large and little works of Holle. His black-and-white and pastel drawings are sensitive, semi-classical, delicate figure studies in which the artist proves himself a master draftsman. His recent oils, on the other hand, are as violent in aspect as the sketches are gentle. Curiously elusive—they are deliberately incomplete—these are striking portraits, dark, moody and finely-wrought, of mysterious, hideous human forms that in atmosphere are vaguely reminiscent of Goya’s last paintings.

Sheldon Kirby is represented by his “Talisman” series of more-or-less Expressionistic oils and about eight vigorous little abstract bronze sculptures, two of which are partially encased in

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