San Francisco

Leo Valledor

San Francisco Museum Of Art

Leo Valledor was a precisionist, too, a while back. His work is still very simple, but he has become enamored with the brushstroke, and in his new enthusiasm the paint flies to the bottom of these canvases. Except for the framing color the monochromatic paint quality has a good deal of texture deriving from the runniness of the paint and the mark of the brush. A large upright rectangle painted a flat, even, coppery-brass-gold on the edges, about two inches wide, borders a quite juicy yellow center. The yellow has flowed in uneven scalloped patterns that tend to make the surface mosaic pulse and glow. Very possibly this painting was first glazed and revealed elements of the brass, but the surface grew heavier and became too liquid to hold the brush marks. Evidence of the undercoating disappeared, and the paint dried into its liquid form. Another painting in the group consists of a circle

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