April 2 – April 27
Artist-Attended Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 1-3 p.m.
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Raphaëlle Goethals’ masterful encaustics are deeply influenced by natural elements—water, air, earth, wind, tectonic and climate shifts, marine currents and population movements. They translate experiences of specific light (like that of the southwest, Morocco, Corsica, et al.) through a complex layering of surface that develops organically.

Of the work, the artist says: By slowly applying and reworking multiple layers, I make paintings that contain evidence of their long evolution, like the earth’s surface. However, all is filtered through a lens of art history, personal and collective, and a deep spiritual longing. This is fundamental to our human nature; I need the art to connect us to our profound humanity.

Born and raised in Brussels, Raphaëlle Goethals came to the States in 1981 to further her education at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Attracted to the vastness of the landscape and quality of light, she relocated to New Mexico in 1994 where she developed her mature painting style. Through her career she has featured in Art in America, Art News, Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and Luxe magazine, among others. She is represented in numerous museum collections including Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, New Mexico Museum of Fine Art, Boise Art Museum, Grace Museum, as well as numerous corporate and private collections.

Bentley Gallery is pleased to invite you to join us for an artist-attended opening reception on Saturday, April 6, 1-3 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through April 27.

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