Drawing Down the Moon
Through November 24, LeQuire Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee, will display an attention-grabbing new series from Joshua Bronaugh inspired by the painting process. After doing a value check of a painting in progress through a piece of amber-colored glass, an idea struck him to create a series of monochromatic paintings.
For his works, Bronaugh used Gamblin’s cadmium red light to conjure a dramatic mood. He says, “Cadmium is an intense and pure color and has a strong retinal effect. I hope collectors find the effect as electric as I do. It’s simultaneously hypnotic and arresting.”
To go along with the intensity of the color, Bronaugh painted a series based on the Drawing Down the Moon ritual, with his figurative works showing participants, and one work, Eclipse, depicting the moon as it passes across the sun creating an orange glow around the darkness. In describing the ritual, Bronaugh says, “a priestess may call down, or invite, a supernatural presence via the moon. I hope these figures evoke the trancelike and empowered state of this ritual, which allows the participant to gather and claim the strength of the supernatural (or depending on the perspective, from within herself).”
Among the new paintings are Sphinx I and Sphinx II, which “illustrate, in a way, the metaphor of supernatural motivation I referred to earlier,” Bronaugh shares. “One canvas shows a life-size figure laying at a self-centered altar, engaged with a motivating force— represented in the painting as a silver thread. In the subsequent canvas, the same figure is represented as ambulatory, with a strong center of possessed energy.”
He also created Ad astra per aspera and Left Hand Path, where his models are painted in the red and their surroundings are a mix of hues. In the former work the model’s eyes are transfixed to the sky, and in the second a woman is lost in the moment with her hands in her hair.
LeQuire will host an artist reception October 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
1Left Hand Path,oil on panel, 24 x 24"1
3Joshua Bronaugh paints his work Back.3
2Ad astra per aspera,oil on panel, 30 x 24"2