Kyle Ma

Pat­terns in shadow

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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"

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