||The Ordover Gallery is proud to announce its first exhibition featuring painting, Hope and Tragedy: Contemporary Paintings by Saphire. The public is invited to meet Saphire at the opening reception on January 21, Third Thursday, from 5–8 PM in the Ordover Gallery’s Solana Beach location.
Saphire, an emotive artist, creates paintings that draw the viewer in—one begins to contemplate the abstract figures that seemingly interweave, sway and meld into one another. Vibrant bursts of unexpected color move across the canvas in surges of emotion. In Saphire’s work there are complex visual, spatial and emotional relationships between the abstracted forms. The viewer is invited to decipher and interpret these liaisons.
Regarding her work, Saphire says, “I see each painting before I paint it. My work is a reflection of what is inside of me, an offshoot of my emotions. A painting might start off positive, but as I work, my emotions may change and so does the emerging piece.” Saphire also relates that she works in series; she creates either three or five different paintings in each series.
A prolific artist in many mediums, Saphire works in oil, acrylic, and mixed media. She often uses many layers, and includes gold leaf, translucent acrylics mixed with iridescent paints, fabrics, tissues, and paper. She pours resin over her canvases, and uses a gel resin as well. Saphire also creates monoprints, etchings, lithographs and fine art jewelry. Her work is exhibited in galleries across the country, and is in numerous private collections.
In addition to work by Saphire, paintings by Sunna Bohlen and Heidi Rufeh will be shown, as well as fine art photography by Lisa Ross, Abe Ordover and Peter Fay.