DARIEN, Conn. -- This April, the Geary Gallery of Darien will exhibit "Symbolism Meets Splatter," featuring the paintings of Fairfield County artist Karl Soderlund. The exhibit will run from Friday, April 1, until April 23.
Soderlund, a Fairfield resident, is the gallery's featured artist for April. He began painting at an early age, inspired by everyday images that made growing up in New York and Connecticut memorable to him. He became known for his unique use of Symbolism, in combination with a "splatter art" painting style.
Symbolism began as a French literary movement in the 1880s, stemming from an idea of using representational symbols to create scenes within paintings and telling the story of the subject. Soderlund uses well-known icons as his subjects, but "the real story is what is revealed within the painting. Like a puzzle, the closer you look, the more symbols you will find," a news release notes.
"With Symbolism, the emphasis is on emotions, feelings, ideas, and subjectivity rather than realism. The works are personal and express their own ideologies, particularly the belief in the artist's power to reveal truth. This objective, combined with his splatter technique, makes Soderlund's paintings both aesthetically beautiful and intellectually interesting to behold."
"I am making use of small dots of color in various shapes and sizes that together create an image. The way I apply my paint (splatter) makes the painting very loose, even blurry, but more importantly gives it life," Soderlund said. "The paint seems to be dancing with colors and gives the art a sense of motion."
To view Soderlund's work from afar, visit the online gallery, here. The displayed paintings will also be available for sale. All are welcome and admission is free.
Geary Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Geary Gallery is located at 576 Boston Post Rd., in Darien. For more information, call 203-655-6633 or visit its website.
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