Patterns in shadow
At just 18 years old, Kyle Ma has already had a blockbuster painting career that ranges from still lifes and farm scenes to landscapes and figurative works. His impressive oeuvre is the subject of a solo exhibition titled Prodigious Prodigy at Wilcox gallery in Jackson, Wyoming.
The Wilcox Gallery show will feature the full spectrum of Ma’s paintings. In one wildlife painting, two mountain goats stand on a rocky ledge. Ma notes, “I really liked how the light fell in the painting. The light and shadow of the landscape is really interesting—it’s about more than just the two goats.”
For Lunchtime at the Farm, Ma was invited by a friend to take pictures of his chickens. “I probably had about a hundred pictures, and this one really stood out, with all of the great
structure in the background.”
Ma says that unique design is more inspiring to him than specific subjects, and even though his work is figurative, he looks at it with an abstract lens. “If you forget about what the subject is, and instead look at it and appreciate it for its patterns and shapes and shadows, you can really capture the beauty in it,” he says.
Jim and Narda Wilcox of Wilcox Gallery say, “Highly developed talent at such a young age does not come along very often in the art world, but we are seeing it in Kyle Ma, who first approached us at the age of 15. In the three years that we have represented his work, we have been seeing constant growth. Here is a young man who is dedicated, has a deep sense of artistic design, and is still growing at a tremendous pace.”
Prodigious Prodigy opens at Wilcox Gallery on July 13 with a special preview from 5 to 8 p.m. with a public reception on July 14. The show hangs through July 31.
Lunchtime at the Farm, oil, 20 x 24"
Roses and Dahlias, oil, 14 x 18"
Picnic, oil, 11 x 14"