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Bill Reiss

Dome Gallery

Bill Reis’ paintings are variations using a limited number of elements. They have the deliberate character of formal studies. Reis combines groups of rectilinear canvases with carved wooden elements that often serve as partial borders or frames. The typically monochromatic surfaces are painted deep shades of purple, black, turquoise, green, and rust, with the hues mutating into one another. Reis concentrates as much on texture as on color, from the dry-brush layerings of paint to the waxy, scratched surfaces. His techniques at times result in striking transformations of media; in Facade (all works 1988), paint takes on the greenish color and roughened texture of oxydized copper.

Reis describes his paintings as architectural, and indeed compositions such as Noon Gate appear to be abstractions of buildings or cityscapes. The wood cylinders inserted in many works read as columns, and the

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