Herbert Creecy

Nexus Contemporary Art Center

This recent retrospective of Herbert Creecy’s work brought together 70 works, including the large acrylic paintings for which he is best known, as well as smaller canvases, mixed-media sculptures, and whimsical toy sculptures. The vocabulary and distinctive style of Creecy’s paintings, characterized by a diffuse focus and abrupt shifts in line and texture, have remained remarkably consistent throughout his mature career. Some works, like Potato Valley Creek under Pressure, 1987, are contests between straight diagonal lines (with occasional graceful curves) and smokelike trails and squirts of color. A Day in the Life of the Green Flyer is 15 years older but remarkably similar in style, although it puts greater emphasis on the irregular smoke- or cloudlike forms —so that the earlier canvas suggests a view of the sky, and the later, with its diagonal semigrid, an aerial photograph.

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