May 13, 2011
For Immediate Release
From: Sonya Dinsdale, 801-347-1282
Recent Work – Art by Sonya Dinsdale
“You paint what you know is there not what you see.” – Gertrude Stein
Open for Gallery Stroll – May 20th, 6pm to 10pm
Location: Tin Angel Café, 801-328-4155
Dates: May 9th to June 4, 2011
Address: 365 West 400 South, Salt Lake City Utah
Lunch: Mon thru Sat, 11am to 3pm
Dinner (reservations suggested): Mon thru Thurs - 5pm to 9pm, Fri and Sat - 5pm to 10pm
My preferred medium is acrylic on paper or canvas. I create my own textures through layers of opaque and translucent paint. This technique also allows me to achieve articulation of perspective and depth through color. There is a moment when a composition comes to life, becoming vibrant, radiating energy. It is my job as a painter to recognize this moment and stop.
Most of my initial ideas come from magazines and the New York Times. I don’t paint about the stories, but about the colors and textures in the pictures and graphics. I rip out pages and collage them into compositions, then paint. My own experiences come into play once ideas are on paper. These ideas can revolve around memories of a fantastic painting such as Peter Paul Reuben’s cartoon study for The Temple of Janus, or seeing architectural detailing in facades, windows and doorways in different cities, or just recollections of Lux, my dog. In St. Petersburg I was fascinated by the patina on the Corinthian columns at the Kazan Cathedral and the human mask keystones on the exterior windows of the Winter Palace, one of the buildings of the Hermitage. These textures and images find their way into my work, but not directly. They appear through suggestive brush strokes, compositions of forms and color.
As in all abstract art, mark-making plays an important role. My mark-making is characterized by raw sweeping brush strokes. These hold the composition together, uniting what otherwise might seem like scattered paint. This having been achieved, the painting takes on a life of its own. It becomes a cohesive system of color. This is why I paint.
Sonya’s long and varied career in the art world has taken her many places. She began at the University of Utah, graduating with a BFA in studio arts and printmaking while working as a research assistant on the Utah Museum of Fine Arts African Art collection (all the while dabbling in architectural history and design). Passion for African art landed her in art history graduate study at UCLA. She now works in the architectural industry and continues her art career.
Recent showings include
Utah Arts Festival Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
Patrick Moore Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
Bountiful Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah
The Salt Lake Public Library, Corrine and Jack Sweet Branch, Salt Lake City, Utah
Ceres Gallery, New York
Braitwaite Gallery, Cedar City, Utah
Tin AngelCafé, Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah Arts Alliance Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah