Those who favor a meditative kind of art could do no better than a visit to the current dual exhibition at Lora Schlesinger Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The front gallery offers a selection of recent paintings by Richard Bruland; and tucked away in the small back gallery is a collection of works by Sophia Dixon Dillo. Though they share that meditative quality, these are two artists with very different visions. Bruland's painted surfaces are richly textured, colorful, intense; Dillo's small paper works are spare, delicate, eschewing color in favor of zen-like simplicity. Together, they challenge the mind and delight the observing eye.
Richard Bruland--by way of disclosure, I should note that he is a past, long-time member of an artists' support group of which I was also a member--builds the surfaces of his paintings with multiple layers of thickly and unevenly applied acrylic paint, sanding them down to reveal the resulting compl...
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