Paintings of Lowe exhibition opening at Butler Institute

The work of artist Victoria Lowe will be featured in an exhibition opening Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art.

“In the Realm of the Senses: The Paintings of Victoria Lowe” is a working retrospective selected from a larger body of work representing 50 years of painting. The original showing, titled “Celestials,” took place in the summer of 2014.

According to Butler Director Louis Zona, “The Butler’s Beecher Center galleries focus on new artistic media or unique approaches to traditional media. Victoria Lowe’s work is a perfect fit in that it celebrates the centuries old concept of paint on canvas, yet she does so by layering sprayed-on space-age paint. The effect is pure 21st century.”

Over the past four decades, Victoria Lowe has focused her work primarily on atmospheric surfaces and shifting color, imagining each piece in detail in her mind’s eye before its execution. Her technique is a deliberately applied progression of sprayed paint in a multitude of layers creating depth and a spectrum of new colors.

Recent works exercise lines and color shifts across multiple panels or sheets of paper to create one large piece. This body of work was born of the artist’s aspiration to revive feelings of connectedness and transcendence evoked from childhood stargazing through a telescope.

The Alabama native’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Cramer Gallery and the White House in Washington, D.C., and in group shows at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Fla; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Ala.; and the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Ala.

“In the Realm of the Senses: The Paintings of Victoria Lowe” will be on display through Dec. 17 at the Butler, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown. A meet-the-artist reception is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday with an artist gallery talk at 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 330-743-1107.

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