Sunday, October 31, 2010

new painting

c 2010 Melanie Millar, Spin2, oil and acrylic on canvas, 58"x60"

Julie Evans and Ajay Sharma

such amazing work.  you must look at this closer to appreciate--click to enlarge.  as explained in the press release below, this is one of a series of works that are collaborations.  evans and sharma took turns passing the painting back and forth.  the image below shows this particular painting in three stages of collaboration.  if you go to julie evans website you can see more work and more documentation of the development of several paintings.

Julie Saul Gallery NY

Julie Evans and Ajay Sharma
Cowdust: Collaborative Paintings

November 4-December 23, 2010

In the second gallery, Julie Saul is pleased to present Cowdust, a series of collaborative paintings by New York artist Julie Evans, and Indian miniature painter Ajay Sharma. This is Evans third exhibition with the gallery since 2007. Evans and Sharma met in 2003 while Evans was studying miniature painting in Jaipur on a Fulbright Scholarship and they became close friends. Despite the enormous cultural differences between them, their shared involvement with miniature painting caused Evans to suggest a collaborative project creating work together over a specific period of time.


Evans went to Jaipur in 2009 where she and Sharma worked long days for eight weeks, passing paintings back and forth until each was completed. The resulting eight works are neither abstract nor narrative. They each contain a floating central form - a surprising amalgam that combines the subtlety of Evans' poured, ephemeral grounds and close attention to detail with the exquisite refinement of Sharma's precise hand. Carrying themes over from their own personal works, and challenging the other to re-contextualize them, the process reflected their very diverse cultural backgrounds and artistic sensibilities. They were able to negotiate the artistic gaps in their differing styles to stunning effect, with their separate voices distinctly evident in most places, while in others they are fluidly fused.

Julie Evans and Ajay Sharma

Cowdust: Collaborative Paintings


Sunday, October 3, 2010

new paintings

c Melanie Millar 2010, Helium, oil on canvas, 44"x48"


c Melanie Millar 2010, Rubaiyat, oil on canvas, 48"x44"