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DeLoss McGraw

Mary Ryan Gallery

DeLoss McGraw, a San Diego–area artist, presents ardent fantasies about everyday reality. In his recent show “California Gothic,” McGraw spins tales of life in a cul-de-sac—his own slightly altered version of those residential neighborhoods to which there is only one entrance. Del Mar Heights and Walnut Creek, like other places cited in the titles, are the names of two of the many communities of this sort in the state. Using the form of these neighborhoods as a figure of enclosure, McGraw weaves together themes of magic and mystery.

McGraw’s cul-de-sacs are paradaisical places where love blooms and angels wish to tread. The ornate and boldly simplified representations simultaneously recall late-Medieval painting and American folk art. La Jolla—her blondness protects the home, 1993, demonstrates how McGraw uses form to convey feeling. With her gentle curves and tilted torso, this blond woman

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