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NIGHT FLOWERS
New Paintings by Kevin Woodson
solo exhibit at: Joyce Gordon Gallery
May 4 - June 24, 2018

406 Fourteenth St. between Broadway and Franklin, Oakland

OPENING RECEPTION, Thusday, May 10th 6-9pm
ARTIST TALK AND PAINTING WORKSHOP, Saturday June 9, 1:00-4:00 PM

additional events:
May 4, First Friday Art Murmur, 6:00-9:00
June 1, First Friday Art Murmur 6:00-9:00
June 2, 3, Saturday and Sunday, East Bay Open Studios 11:00 AM – 6 PM
June 9, Saturday: Artist Talk 1:00 PM
June 9, Saturday: Bloom and Brush flower painting workshop 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

JOYCE GORDON GALLERY is pleased to present, “Night Flowers,” Oakland Artist Kevin Woodson’s new collection of nighttime garden dreamscapes, painted outdoors under the moon, and inspired by the verse of some of humanity’s greatest romantics.

Join us for the opening reception, Thursday May 10. Kevin’s new collection is on view Friday May 4th, through Saturday June 30th.

Following his 2016 Joyce Gordon Gallery solo exhibit, ‘Peace Within Chaos,’ Kevin has taken his garden inspired paintings to the next level, enriching his lifelong love of flowers with influences from poetry, myth, and ritual.

If you’ve ever stayed out in the gardens after the gates are locked and the moon has risen, you’ll understand the excitement and passion of the gardens at night. Under the stars, Kevin conceives his paintings as passages from Ovid, Solomon, Shakespeare, and all great poets who wrote timeless verse about flowers and the seductiveness of the night.

In almost a decade of exhibits in the Bay Area and Asia, Kevin has always included one or two night-garden scenes in each collection. For years, it’s been a dream of his to create an entire collection of night flowers. As the son of a librarian and a Shakespearian, Kevin has also been influenced by the verse and romantic stories from antiquity that still hold sway in our culture today. Aphrodite, Guanyin, and Apollo and many more come alive in the steamy splendor of Kevin’s night flowers.

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Kevin's 2018 Calendar
12 full color months, featuring paintings from Kevin's current collection, 'Ovid's Garden.'

The paintings in this collection, Night Flowers, are a tribute to Ovid and the poets and artists who have loved the gardens at night.
Filtered moonlight falls on new blossoms, Chinese vases, and deep pools.
Preview and buy Kevin's 2017 calendar here

paintings from Ovid's Garden 2018 calendar on display at Joyce Gordon Gallery, Spring 2018, see below:

 

 

PAINTING A FLOWER is a meditation, a connection with the sublime magic and the way I chose to be human.

Here you will find paintings that are not compiled using traditional painting techniques. In fact, I have never used pencil, photography, or cut flowers in my work. Very simply, a flower in the garden speaks to me, and I paint right there, working with the full-on living experience of the bloom.

Please enjoy the ever-growing portfolio of flower paintings here, attend an opening or event in your area, or email me with questions and comments. Find me on Facebook where I will post updates, photos, and my writing about the magic of the flowers.

I'd like to express gratitude to Juan Pablo Gutierrez for the flower verse that is excerpted, top to bottom, in the roll-over tree at the top of this page. Juan Pablo’s poems appear along with my flower paintings in our book, The Language of the Flowers, Kevin's Bookshop Press, 2011.