Pigment Group Show at Phoenix Art Exhibitions - Bentley Gallery


January 17th – March 14th, 2020

Louise Blyton | Makoto Fujimura | Raphaëlle Goethals | Judith Kruger | Hiroko Otake

Pigment was a group show featuring works by Louise Blyton, Makoto Fujimura, Raphaëlle Goethals, Judith Kruger and Hiroko Otake. These notable artists delved into the exploration of color not merely as visual sensation, but its physical manifestation as raw pigment and all that it conjures.

The fact that color is not tangible tends to be overlooked. Our eyes detect light with wavelengths that bounces off objects, determining the particular color we see. This selection of artworks engages with the corporeal material that governs what we perceive as color. Whether it’s the application of natural minerals to affirm our relationship with the earth or the vibrancy of pure pigment to accentuate form. Each of these artists utilizes the physical aspect of color to give meaningful insight into our visual faculty and beyond.

Participating artists in the Pigment Group Show:

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Louise Blyton
Little Poems (that reach in deep), 2019
pigment on linen
10 x 24 x 1″

Louise Blyton is a reductive artist exploring the romance of raw linen and dry pigment. The artist’s geometrically shaped canvases explore color, light, and form through the visual language of Reductivism, an aesthetic style characterized by streamlined compositions, restricted color, and a reduction of form and means. Identifying with Reductivism’s simplicity, Blyton’s shaped canvases and…CLICK TO READ MORE.

Makoto Fujimura
Silence and Beauty – Eco
minerals and gesso on canvas
48 x 72″

Makoto Fujimura fuses traditional Nihonga painting with the techniques of Western abstraction. Fujimura uses stone-ground minerals such as gold, platinum, malachite, azurite, and cinnabar.  He believes that the minerals particularly allow for a fuller exploration of the space between flatness of abstraction and interior space of representation. His deep religious faith attracts him to the…CLICK TO READ MORE.

Raphaëlle Goethals
Dust Stories (Zitronen), 2019
encaustic on panel
20 x 18″

Focusing on painting as a space of exploration, Raphaëlle Goethals has worked with wax, resin and pigments as her signature mediums for over twenty years. She established her own vocabulary in the form of distinctive groups of paintings, which evolved concurrently. Place and process are integral to the works of the artist; who is known for her signature layered encaustic and pigment abstractions comprised of…CLICK TO READ MORE.

Judith Kruger
Drawing Ground 6, 2019
minerals, indigo, shell gesso on linen
40 x 40″

Judith Kruger collects and manipulates abstract visual information and matter from the environment. Through this process she explores ideas of space and place; the freedom derived from unknown territory in combination with the attachment to a physical location of personal importance. That tension as well as the tension between other opposing pairs is a consistent part of the dialogue of Kruger’s work,…CLICK TO READ MORE.

Hiroko Otake
Floating Instant – vol. 2, 2013
rock pigments and silver leaf on paper
71 x 89″

Hiroko Otake is currently based in Tokyo, Otake frequently works with themes that are in relation to butterflies and flowers. When asked why she decided to follow her path as an artist, Otake expressed her desire to see original works that she had not seen anywhere else. She began to create and exhibit her artwork aspiring to make her inner images and ideas tangible. By doing so, she also became aware that…CLICK TO READ MORE.


Pigment Group Show featuring Jessica Palomo

Jessica Palomo
Orchidaceas IV, 2018
graphite & gesso on panel
12 x 6″

Jessica Palomo‘s work is a response to the grief of losing a loved one, a trauma that can overload and fracture the conscious mind, causing a shattered emotional state. Through abstraction and mark-making, she explores the dynamics of this ruptured reality that place identity and emotion in a liminal, ambiguous space. By rendering only a handful of distinct organic forms, the eyes rest merely for a moment before plunging into a…CLICK TO READ MORE.

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