MIDNIGHT CAPE LIGHT
in metal leaf, patina, and oil glazes by Patte Ormsby
August 28- Sept 16 2007
Reception Friday August 31 7-9 pm
Patte Ormsby, a Cape Cod expatriate now living in Virginia, returns to Provincetown and the gallery at Little Gorgeous Things for her second year with a powerful show of her latest work, a series of night time Cape-Scapes, from August 28 through September 16, with an artist's reception on Friday August 31 from 7pm-9pm.
Rich blue-green patina, crackled gold and translucent color, layered, spattered and sprayed, are Ormsby's stock in trade for the latest in her series of abstract night scapes. With a love of art history, influenced by Italian Renaissance holy pictures and Hokusai's Japanese woodcuts, Ormsby combines elements of both to build her paintings layer upon layer as she recalls childhood memories of Cape Cod seaside nights.
"These paintings, my most recent and continuing work, began as test boards for my life size figurative paintings. As I experimented with material and technique, the pared down compositions of the tests suggested abstract dune paintings and the new series was born."
"Inspired by Cape Cod memories, I use spray paint, oil glaze, metal leaf and patina in a process full of mystery and surprise, to create my nightscapes. The resulting paintings are reminiscent of seaside nights growing up in Wellfleet. Crystalline nights spent watching water and sky. The sound and the silence, dark and clear. Everything moving, everything still."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ms. Ormsby's education includes a degree in Studio Art and Art History from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.
Since graduating college she has remained active in the arts through a variety of media and applications from drawing and painting to large scale murals and hanging wire sculpture. Since 1981 she has been married to Bill Ormsby, aerospace engineer and coach du jour to their three sons Tim, Colin and Peter.