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Latest Quinlan show features work of 4 TULA artists

POSTED: August 16, 2012 5:44 p.m.

The Quinlan Visual Arts Center is ready to showcase the latest exhibits with a reception from 5-7 Thursday, Aug. 16.

Four artists from the TULA Art Center in Atlanta will be highlighted through Oct. 6 in the Quinlan galleries.

TULA is home to several resident artists ranging from traditional to contemporary as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art (Georgia). Once a factory in an industrial district, the building was turned into an art gallery and studio space in the early 1980s under the direction of Lil Friedlander.

The Quinlan show offers a small peek into the world of TULA artists.

“Exhale” a body of work by artist Cat Tesla of Snellville, explores her love of the outdoors and, in particular, water, with “ethereal landscapes and organic abstract designs — either originating from Mother Nature or inspired by her — executed in mixed media on canvas and birch supports.”

In her artist statement Tesla notes, “One goal of my work is to transport the viewer into a realm of calm and respite, or perhaps to recall a memory of a favorite place or loved one. My visual vocabulary seeks to communicate the indescribable serenity and healing experienced from nature.”

Award-winning artist Lisa Upchurch Moore, raised in Northwest Georgia, uses a variety of media in her work for “Moments,” a collection of stunning impressionistic pieces.

A gifted colorist, she paints exceptional figures, children and rural settings. Recently her work has exploded, reaching new levels.

By applying paint, wax, lace and plaster, she creates a dramatic surface, with the subject matter becoming more abstract. Moore’s work is instinctive and brings to life the underlying theme of the beauty that exists in our lives.
Showcasing a body of landscape paintings for “Luminosity,” artist Jan Eubanks began her love for painting at the University of Georgia in the Lamar Dodd Fine Art School.

While there, she was inspired by the master works of Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas and Mary Cassett. She has continued her studies under such well-known artists as Mark Chatov, Roger Brown and C.W. Mundy.

Her style lands somewhere between realism and expressive contemporary. Sincerity is honored but the viewer is also challenged.

In her artist statement, Eubanks says she is “intrigued with how the paint application communicates the importance of the scene and is always concerned with what the finished painting communicates to the viewer.”

New Jersey native Joe Camoosa has been drawing in some fashion since he was young boy in the 1970s. His high-energy work builds on the use of positive and negative space created with varying marks.

Camoosa says of his show “In-Between,” that he was inspired by “my life-long infatuation with maps — particularly those that detail railroad and subway lines.”

He uses the formal elements of maps — line, color, scale, shape and size to create what he calls “large-scale gestural paintings” by building up layers of oil paint and cold wax on canvas, and interspersing that with frenetic mark-making in graphite, colored pencil and charcoal.

Working intuitively and flowing from the unconscious, the paintings have evolved into part map and part abstract aerial landscape.


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