Pastel artist Brian Cobble’s latest show (his sixth) at Valley House Gallery in Dallas is called “Scratching the Surface,” a rather apt description for the meticulous approach the artist takes in his pastel work. The settings of his paintings vary from lived-in, sometimes quirky urban and suburban environments to serene, natural landscapes, and each one is rich in detail and rife with atmosphere.
Cobble says: “In a broad sense, ‘Scratching the Surface’ is what I do. With an approach that requires applying stroke after stroke and layer upon layer of sharpened pastels, making art is monumentally slow and indirect (and occasionally zen-like). And somehow, somewhere along the way, if one is persistent, and lucky, and the subconscious kicks in properly, a little magic or mystery or atmosphere sneaks into the painting, and just maybe you scratch the surface of something deeper.”
“Scratching the Surface” ran from May 30 to July 3, 2015.
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