PORTLAND, Oregon––Venezuelan artist José Sierra draws upon images and his memories of coffee mills, intensely colored mountains, dramatic landscapes, pre-Columbian art and architecture and the American Southwest in the mostly self-taught artist’s vessels on display at Eutectic Gallery (April 6 -28, 2018).
Reminiscent of Wassily Kandinksy‘s Bauhaus Composition VIII (1923) and Mexican artist Gustavo Pérez‘ concisely scored beautifully formed vessels, Sierra skillfully marries vibrant geometric surface paintings with his organic stoneware forms to express the dynamism of landscape, both natural and man-made.
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About the artist: Drawing from his childhood growing in up in the Andes of Venezuela, Sierra alters his wheel-thrown porcelain and stoneware works by fusing organic and geometrical forms, in which he strives to express both the shapes and lines of the landscapes and architecture that surround him. Furthermore, Sierra also draws from colors of the Andes and Catalina Mountains in his surface glaze and engobe paintings.
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