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Carlos Canul
"Mythic Realms and Space-Time Influences"

West Gallery

November 14, 2020 - January 5, 2021

Opening Reception

Saturday, November 14, 2020
6pm to 9pm
"Morphology II", 2011, Watercolor on Rives BFK, 22" x 30"

Redbud Gallery is pleased to present Carlos Canul’s works on paper in his exhibition "Mythic Realms and Space-Time Influences".

"I first came across Carlos’ works during a visit to Houston Baptist University where he had a solo exhibition. The abstract watercolor images evoked emotions in me that lingered to the day we met again to view the scope of his work. When I visited his studio in Splendora, I learned that the watercolors I encountered a year earlier, extend to a breadth of abstract paintings in ink as well as oil works. One will view his representations to find solace in conceptual monochromatic and color infused images."
- Tanja Peterson, Redbud Gallery Director, November 2020

Artist Statement:

Through the engaging dialogue of paint and all of its physical properties, my art plumbs through physical and spiritual realms, influences of Mesoamerican mythologies and traditions, the collision of abstraction and representational forces, all the while retaining painting as a tactile poetic adventure.

The specific areas of my process intersecting the avenues of drawing and watercolor form as a connective media that feeds all of my oil painting activities. All realms of my thematic interests hold together in paintings rich with the variations of thin and thick application processed through a myriad of creative and destructive cycles. These tidal forces of creation and destruction bring forth the soul and physical visions in each work.

My painterly discoveries have allowed me to become more sensitive to light and color. I have developed a keener eye to the signals discovered in each new work. It is my aim to continue to push the physical boundaries of the paint and elevate the spiritual realms that exist in painting.

“Abstraction allows [the artist] to see with [their] mind what [he/she] cannot see physically with [their] eyes…. Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas.”

- Arshile Gorky

“I paint for my own astonishment.”

- Roberto Echaurren Matta

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