A good balance of realistic and stylized elements is found in JRB at the Elmsâ€™ new exhibit â€œFusion.â€
The exhibit by Oklahoma residents Skip Hill, an African American artist, Chinese-born artist Nick Wu, Kuwait native Sohail Shehada and Carlos Tello, from Mexico City, was set to open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at 2810 N. Walker.
Oklahoma City artist Tello creates a dynamic interaction between warm earth colors and rugged physiques as well as abstract and muralistic aspects of his often texturized, mixed media acrylic works.
Nude, hairless, muscular men seem to be fighting in a confined space over a pink liquid, pouring from a pail, tipped up, but not quite held by godlike hands, over their heads, in Telloâ€™s â€œWarm Stoicism.â€
Similar, more blue-skinned figures, one of which even has features, appear to be trying to escape from strange, shattered, concrete molds in Telloâ€™s â€œBreaking the Myths.â€
Codelike surface markings add intrigue to Telloâ€™s equine paintings of an â€œAztec Horseâ€ and an â€œAndaluzâ€ â€” two works which are a little less mural-like and more painterly.
Cubistic, and wittily satiric, are the larger mixed media acrylic collage paintings and smaller ink on paper works of Oklahoma City artist Hill, a Texas native who has lived in Thailand and the Netherlands.
Large, rounded hairdos and period bustle dresses, interact with art history references, giving a welcome note of whimsy to Hillâ€™s paintings of â€œLa Menina (With Red Hair)â€ and of â€œLeda and the Swan.â€
A lightly cubistic gold, black and blue-violet ink drawing of an exotically clad woman, blowing a pink bubble, is depicted over a passage about a famous work by Picasso in Hillâ€™s â€œDemoiselle Avec Bubblegum.