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Check out the 'People' on display at TAG

July 13, 2009 - Andy Gray
After a couple of days out of town, I got back Sunday just in time for the opening reception at Trumbull Art Gallery for “People I’ve Met or Not Met,” a joint exhibition by William Mullane and Charlene Galose.

I’ve known Mullane, one-time director for TAG, as long as I’ve had this job, and the small works “doodled” on a pocket computer/cell phone have a whimsical spirit that reflects his sense of humor. Mullane manipulates the images with Photoshop software, adding color and other elements while maintaining a raw quality. To use a music analogy, the works are like an audience recording of a live concert rather than a studio album.

Galose’s large portrait paintings are more like a lavishly produced studio album. Drawing inspiration from artist Chuck Close and using figures from the local arts scene as her models, Galose’s work is striking with interesting color choices accenting the representational work. Talking with Marianne Nissen, who came up with the idea for the exhibition, she noted how Galose captured the gentleness of Louis Zona, director of the Butler Institute of American Art, in her portrait of him. I have to agree.

“People I’ve Met or Not Met” will be on display through July 31 at the downtown Warren gallery, and folks should take advantage of the opportunity to see two very different approaches to portraiture.


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