San Francisco

Louis Gutierrez

Arleigh Gallery

At the Arleigh Gallery is an exhibition of paintings by Louis Gutierrez, heretofore known for his work with collage. His collages were first quite loose though structured, and were textured by the appearance of wear and age, an accidental quality. Gradually Gutierrez’s collages tightened and grew more rigidly geometrical, and the surfaces became more finished, still textured but more like a patina. It might have seemed to many that he was progressing in the direction of the centralized flat field of color sort of painting which has become so popular. But when he decided to go over to paint he found the change liberating and the new painting is quite free; the impulsiveness of the brush has overcome the rigidity of the last collages.

––Knute Stiles