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Arnold Shives

Deleon White Gallery

A painter and renowned printmaker, Arnold Shives has recently turned to working directly on plywood with a power router, sander, and jigsaw. His earlier abstract paintings were a sophisticated and whimsical mixture of pattern, form, and color, and reflected a mystical relationship to nature. In his first acrylic on plywood, Shives turned to similar themes, evoking his experience as a mountain climber in the wilderness regions of British Columbia and the Yukon.

“From the Heart of the Wild: New Works from the Healing Place,” 1995, Shives’ latest series of plywood paintings, create the same illusion of depth he achieved in his earlier works, but here the use of prefabricated industrial-steel grids suggests he is after something other than pictorial illusion. The grids lend a concrete physicality to the work, drawing our eye back to the organic lines, shapes, textures, and colors woven beneath

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