Marx: The Eilee SeriesNicki Marx August 5 - 29, 2022 Nicki Marx moved during the 1980’s from her native California to Taos, New Mexico where she currently resides and maintains a studio. The artist celebrates the “magic of nature” by working exclusively with natural materials such as mica and feathers. Historically, feathers were associated with ancient cultures who believed that they possessed the sacred powers of the heavenly realms and yet, the artist’s feather work relates to modern forms and contemporary ideas.
Similar to previous series of work by the artist, feathers from semi-exotic birds are gathered only once they have naturally dropped to the ground. Marx then develops an elaborate pattern and fashions the feathers within those constraints.
“It’s there,” Marx says of the strong spiritual ambiance found in her work. “Almost everything I do is a mandala. For me, the process is transcendent, about a meditation, letting the energy flow through me. If that comes out in my work, then I’ve been successful.”
Love by DesignAmy Donaldson July 1 - 31, 2022 Each of Donaldson’s vibrant compositions is a testament to her well-earned reputation as a master colorist whose signature style embodies both a sense of intimacy and innovation. Her acuity for creating illusions of depth and light is significant. Fusing oil paint with crushed and natural pigments, Donaldson applies the paint to the canvas in a free and exuberant manner.
The artist’s practice is to engage with the painting’s surface in a direct fashion that is both additive and subtractive. Often beginning with a freely applied first layer of spray paint mark-making, Donaldson then employs luscious oil strokes across the canvas’s surface repeatedly adding and scraping back selected areas of the composition in order to achieve the appearance of time-worn erosion.
A native of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Amy Donaldson has exhibited internationally from London to New York, from Chicago to California. A 2016 solo show in Paris, Brussels Art Fair, Art Basel Miami, Atlanta’s National Juried Exhibitions, and the Illinois State Museum. Her work has appeared in Chicago PD, Luxe Magazine, Nuevo Estilo Magazine, Madrid, Spain and many other publications. Her works are in numerous private and public collections. She currently lives and works in Redding, California.
Forty Years: from Realism to AbstractMcCreery Jordan June 3 - 28, 2022 We are looking forward to a great summer season here at Gaia Contemporary! To kick start our exhibition schedule, we proudly celebrate a career retrospective surveying the work of McCreery L. Jordan. As a highly accomplished painter and sculptress, Jordan has mastered the multiple modalities of Realism, Impressionism and Abstract painting.
At seven years old, Jordan would take the bus by herself to the prestigious Toledo Museum of Art to attend art classes. Over the years, the artist taught classes at the Toledo Museum and today, her work is in its permanent collection.
McCreery Jordan’s journey as an artist continues to be a full and joyful exploration of technique and subject matter. Landscape, abstract, figurative and several of Jordan’s bronze sculptures are each represented in the exhibition.
We look forward to seeing you,
The Gaia Contemporary Team