An opening reception will be held for two solo shows featuring Janice Mathews-Gordon and Carlos Tello in conjunction with a group show entitled “After Hours” part II from 6-10 pm, Apr 6th during the Paseo Arts District’s First Friday Gallery Walk. The exhibitions will be on view through Sunday, Apr 29. The exhibit, opening reception and artist talks are free to the public, as a part of JRB Art at the Elms’ “Beyond Art Series”.
Oklahoma artist, Janice Mathews-Gordon brings a new series of abstract paintings reflecting on her concern about the deep divides in our country. Compelling and timely, these paintings are visual interpretations of our current fractured political climate. More broadly, these paintings serve as a mirror reflecting a society of deep ideological divides characterized by turmoil and incompetence. But they also remind us of our shared aspirations, emphasizing the once collaborative and productive capability of our democracy. Janice is an experimental mixed media painter. With each new piece, she starts with a carefully composed small ink sketch and builds a painting of scattered shapes and lines, creating a sense of conflict in some and harmony in others. Contemplative greens and blues suggest growth and coming together, while intense reds and oranges highlight conflict and unrest.
Janice’s paintings are represented in many private and corporate collections including: Oklahoma City University School of Law, GE Global Research Center, Crowe & Dunlevy Attorneys at Law, and Northcare Behavioral Health Center.
Mexico native, Carlos Tello is a dynamic and noted muralist, painter, and potter living in Oklahoma City since 1992. One of his profound loves is to use muralism to deliver intensity and profoundness in his work -- a suitable monumental medium to convey the size of his explosive artistical energy. Tello’s paintings have been used on album covers for recording artists, promotional posters for various productions and notably a permanent mural at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Carlos Tello received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Communication from the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) located in Mexico City in the 1980s. He continued his academic pursuits at UAM and obtained a Certificate in Airbrush Techniques and studied Special Effects in Photomechanics and Lithography.