Watercolorist Barry D. Lindley creates striking paintings portraying the effect water has on natural and man-made objects. Filled with both precision and fluidity, these works that are both “of and from water” invigorate the viewer with a sense of physicality and force. Lindley’s solo exhibit, Water Marks, will be on display in The Art League Gallery, March 10 - April 4, 2011.
Lindley begins his creative process by sketching extensively on-site. He uses photographs only for reference, and reworks larger pieces from his sketches and memory. Importance is placed on value and contrast. As a former research scientist, Lindley understands the science of sight and the eye’s attraction to images with strong underlying light vs. dark compositions.
His works exist on three planes: referential, physical, and interpretive. He creates dynamic scenes of oceans, rivers, and streams successfully by capturing the movement and force of water in a particular moment. On a physical plane, the subject matter and materials used to create the image are intertwined, both of and from water. He begins with watercolor paper, which is essentially water and paper pulp, and applies water-based paints to the surface. The watercolor interacts with paper, changing its structure, just as a stream or river changes the landscape over time. Lastly, as he creates each painting, Lindley brings his experience of the chosen subject to the piece. He hopes that viewers will bring their own interpretation to the work in addition to appreciating his own rendering.
Lindley grew up in Indiana and studied drawing at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. After receiving degrees in Chemistry and Physiology, he continued his art-related studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art and in various workshops over the past 20 years. He moved to the Washington, DC area after his retirement and joined The Art League in 2007. This is his first solo exhibit at The Art League Gallery.
Opening Reception and Meet the Artist: Thursday, March 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 26, 1:00 pm