Four-person exhibit at JRB Art at the Elms in Oklahoma City has autumn feel

Some of state's master artists on display at JRB Art at the Elms in Oklahoma City.
Published: October 8, 2013
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There's something for nearly everybody in a show of paintings by B.J. White, mixed-media works by Michi Susan, masks by Patrick Riley and sculpture by Holly Wilson — all of whom are among the state's master artists.

The four-person exhibit, which has a strong feel of autumn, is on view through the month of October at JRB Art at the Elms gallery, 2810 N Walker.

Oklahoma City artist White's acrylic paintings on canvas are semiabstract but have a strong landscape feel, dealing with such politically charged issues as urban sprawl in her “Habitat” series and others.

Clean, bare-limbed, stylized black and red trees stand out dramatically in front of flat white and red backgrounds, in three 48-by-48-inch works from White's “Red Tree Trilogy,” which may be hung together as a triptych.

Flame-hued, aspen-like branches seem to have been uprooted and be ascending, over the dark land toward a fiery skyline, suggesting some kind of forest fire, in White's “Out of Context Revisited” acrylic.

Closer to the “color field” style is White's “The Hatch,” a 60-by-40-inch canvas in which multicolored, birdlike “v” shapes seem to be rising, taking wing over the flat red picture plane.

Painted on upstretched pieces of paper, with holes for hanging, that make them seem to float, the works in Susan's “Landscape Tapestries” series have a lighthearted, celebratory feel.

A colorful, striped, crane-like bird stands over the quaint folkloric buildings in a village, as if trying to protect them from harm, in a charming landscape by Susan, a Japanese-born, longtime Oklahoma City artist.

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