It's a little hard to know how to approach an exhibit of metaphysical, surreal, spiritual and technically excellent oil paintings that “tell a story” and sometimes seem to have almost “too much information.”
But this near overabundance of visual riches is a problem most artists and art fans might well envy who visit Pavel Wang Yu Tsai's “From Russia With Love” show at the Paseo Originals Art Gallery.
Born in 1956 in Kyrgyzstan, Yu Tsai, who is visiting Oklahoma City and doesn't speak English, will attend a closing reception for the show with a translator from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 28.
Sand runs out of the hourglass of an angelic figure, standing in the water near a pair of shell-scales, on which a small, sunlit figure and a grimacing classical mask are balanced in Yu Tsai's “New Century.”
Done in the mid-1990s, this oil was based on the artist's hope that innocent suffering would become a thing of the past in the new millennium, a gallery note for the “retrospective of fantasy” states.
A white-robed, Christ-like figure, standing in a boat, rows over a lily pond, toward a radiant figure, seated like Buddha on the opposite bank, or in the sky, in “Siddhartha,” based on Hermann Hesse's novel.
Nearly demonic looking bald men's heads crowd around to ogle the bare feet of a robed person with a stave, stepping on hot coals, in “Walking Man,” described as a metaphor for the difficult path we all take.