Kit Reuther’s “Abstracted Still Life” at David Lusk Gallery Memphis; George Dombek’s “Recent Paintings” at David Lusk Gallery Nashville

MEMPHIS/NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Artist Kit Reuther returns to David Lusk Gallery for her fourth solo show “Abstracted Still Life” on display April 17-May 19 at David Lusk Gallery Memphis; while George Dombek’s “Recent Paintings,” his first solo exhibition, on display May 1-26 at David Lusk Gallery Nashville.

The opening reception for Reuther’s exhibition takes place 6-8 p.m. April 20 and George Dombek’s opening reception and book signing takes place 5-8 p.m. May 5.

“Abstracted Still Life” is a series of new paintings loosely references still life compositions organized across the canvas surface. Nothing is literal or fully formed, only suggested. The negative space is “weighted” with layers of paint and remnants of a highly-worked surface. This current body of work experiments with abstracted geometry, bold color and bits of texture throughout.

Although a life-long artist, Reuther considers herself a self-taught painter and sculptor. She began her official art career in the early 1990s after working in retail display. Her initial body of work was realistic objects, rendered in a very minimal palette. Experimentation quickly pointed her to dissolving recognizable objects, and later to large mark-oriented paintings. Now she focuses on more minimal collages with drawing and paint applications and manipulated canvases.

Reuther was awarded two Artists’ Fellowships, one from the Vermont Studio Center and another from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She participated in the VCCA International Residency Program in Germany and the Contemporary Artists Center Residency in Massachusetts. She lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information or visuals, contact Amelia Briggs at 615-780-9990 or amelia@davidluskgallery.com.

A continuation of his debut solo show in Memphis, “Recent Paintings” contains nearly 20 of George Dombek’s expertly rendered water-media works of barns, farm equipment, and his Ozark portraits.

An architect and an artist, Dombek creates elegant minimalist compositions of barn exteriors and interiors, and close-ups of farm implements that are often reoriented into figurative gatherings. The beams inside his barns, varying in weight and size, crisscross through the spaces, capture and play with light and shadow. He studies the barns, disassembling and reassembling them through his painting process. As in his Ozark portraits depicting machinery parts, he creates wholly unique structures, blurring the lines between reality and invention.

Dombek received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting at the University of Arkansas. He went on to teach architecture and art at universities in Arkansas, Ohio, Florida, Saudi Arabia and Italy. Over a 40-year career he has generated a body of work included in over 800 museums, corporate and private collections. For more information or visuals, contact Lees Romano at 901-767-3800 or lees@davidluskgallery.com.

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