PIECES OF GLOUCESTER:
Recent Paintings by ROKHAYA WARING
Sunday, August 2, 5:00-7:00 PM
Exhibit Runs: July 30 – August 23, 2015
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery hours: Thurs-Sun, 12:00-6:00 PM
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on Wonson Street is pleased to host the solo exhibition: Pieces of Gloucester: Recent Painting by Rokhaya Waring. The paintings in this exhibit allow the artist to share her passionate response to Gloucester’s ever-changing light, color, and mood. Waring focuses on land and seascapes of her hometown of Gloucester, presenting works from her studio as well as direct, plein-air paintings. During the course of her artistic career, Waring has often chosen the form of diptych, triptych, or other multiples; contrasts in time of day, weather, distance from a subject or placement of the horizon line to provide an endless number of compositions or “pieces” that can stand alone, or as a group, and emphasize the constant shift in our visual perception. Furthermore, Waring’s recurring motifs of city skyline, rooftops, and boats on the water convey the overarching theme of single and multiple, solitude and community.
Pieces of Gloucester is on view at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, July 30-August 23, 2015 during gallery hours Thursday-Sunday from 12-6 PM. The public is invited to the Opening Reception at the Cultural Center on Sunday, August 2, 5-7 PM. Light refreshments will be served.
ABOUT ROKHAYA WARING
“I paint the way I cook and the way I garden. Inspiration is an appetite; canvas and paint are the soil and seeds. The process is immediate and physical: I delve with my hands, things move and evolve. Through flavors, colors and textures, what I hope to convey is the feeling of being there; wind and sun, air and light, the power of nature—a transient beauty that is often bittersweet.”
Rokhaya Waring was born in 1966 in Santa Fe, NM. French by her mother and American by her father, her dual-nationality and bilingualism have had a profound influence on her work, as has her homeschooling. In 1972, Waring’s parents settled in Rockport, MA and founded La Petite Ecole out of their own home, now The Waring School. Her most lasting memories are of days at this school, the outdoors and the hand-made; camping across America, printing on an antique letterpress, milking goats and baking bread…and above all, sketching daily. The habit of visually recording her experiences and the natural world has not only helped keep memories alive, but become the foundation of her artistic technique and vision.
After graduating from Princeton with a BA in Art History/Visual Arts, Waring spent her first summer painting in the Provencal village of Forcalquier. Her principal home for most of the next twenty years, this cultivated yet rugged landscape perfectly suited her artistic vision, providing inexhaustible inspiration. Waring also spent time living and painting in various parts of New England, San Francisco and LA, Charleston, SC., Israel, Italy and the UK, the Caribbean, and Tahiti. In 2008 Waring moved to Gloucester.
The majority of Waring ‘s current work is inspired by this gritty, albeit picturesque New England town. Many aspects of Gloucester and Cape Ann recall la Haute Provence of her own formative years with one locale situated on the North Atlantic coast, the other in the lower Alps. The spirit of Impressionism and plein-air painting, with its constant change in light, color and mood, are a natural extension of her sensibilities and lend vibrancy to her work. Waring enjoys the advantages of painting directly from nature, and in her studio. It is in the quiet focus of this space that her vision is distilled and refined.
Waring has exhibited in dozens of solo and juried group shows in Boston, New York, San Diego, Paris, and Provence, including the Salon Des Artistes Français and the Salon d’Automne, and the Currier Museum of Art. Her paintings are held in hundreds of collections internationally. Notable collectors include Carl Crossman, art dealer and appraiser for Antiques Roadshow; U.S. CTO (2009-14) Todd Park; and actress Brooke Shields. Waring is featured in the book “100 Artists of New England” (Schiffer 2011) and in “The American Flag in Contemporary Art”, (Schiffer, 2015).
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