"CHORDS", video interview with Joan Belmar at Addison Ripley Fine Art Produced by Gail Prensky & John King
CHORDS #3 / Blue
Acrylic, ink, gouache and oil on canvas
60" x 42"
work of Joan Belmar has much in common with that of the great
Uruguayan Constructivist, Joaquín Torres García. Both travelled
extensively from their birthplaces in the Southern Cone developing and
refining their eyes, both of their works move fluidly through two and
three dimensional space. Each of these painters developed a distinctive,
influential style and palette but was unafraid to experiment outside
of those bounds. Coincidentally Belmar recently spent several weeks in
Montevideo, Torres Garcia's home town, with Take Me To The River, a
project which paired nine artists working in the United States with six
peers working in Uruguay.
Chords, his first solo exhibition at Addison/Ripley, Belmar continues
to refine and innovate with works in large and small scale, paintings
both intimate and grand. Although circles are a common visual motif for
the painter, they are also merely a stepping off point, a framework on
which to hang a multidimensional imagination. Referencing maps and
grids, suggesting nets and constellations, at once flat and layered,
Belmar's recent paintings in acrylic, ink and gouache are intricately
composed and balanced, musical in the sense of the series' name,
symphonic in their complexity.
Kuspit's group exhibition this year in New York, Washington Color
Abstraction, which featured work by Belmar, suggests the affinity of
this painter's work to the proud tradition of the Washington Color
School which included such painters as Morris Louis, Gene Davis and
Kenneth Noland. Indeed, Belmar's work has a strong chromatic element as
each of these historic painters has. And his circles echo work by Tom
Downing, his colors those of Davis and his veils and washes those of
Louis. He has found a resonant home in the Washington area with artists
like Sam Gilliam, Carol Brown Goldberg, Hadieh Shafie, Robin Rose,
Betsy Stewart, Julie Wolf and Dan Treado.
honors and awards include Artist grants in 2010 and 2013 from the
Maryland Arts Council, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in
2009 and 2011 and the DC Mayor's Award as an outstanding emerging artist
in 2007. Additionally, He was one of eight finalists for the 2013
Bethesda Painting Awards.
Adisson Ripley Fine Art
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