“Within the City” exhibition continues at Bonner David Galleries
February 14, 2018
By Nearby News Staff
The sights and sounds of the city are brought to life on canvas by a trio of artists in Bonner David Galleries’ current exhibition, “Within the City.” The show, which opened February 9 and runs through February 28, “promises to be unforgettable for anyone who’s ever yearned for city life,” according to Ben Chester, assistant marketing coordinator for Bonner David.
Each of the three artists in the “Within the City” exhibition – Brad Aldridge, Francis Livingston and Joseph Lorusso – brings a unique vision to the show.
Aldridge paints pastoral landscapes inspired by his travels abroad. The Brigham Young University-educated painter says he’s always been drawn to “small, private, untamed places” like the Arizona desert.
“In these sorts of places I felt both trepidation and elation,” Aldridge elaborated on the Bonner David website. “My trepidation came because of the inherent danger of mortality that nature teaches all too well; the remains of some animal or the ruins of an old building. I was also keenly aware of the vulnerability of being alone. My elation came from observing the exquisite beauty and subtle intricacy of nature; the hope of a new season, and the liberating joy of being alone.”
Livingston likes to experiment with color and has an affinity for Impressionism. “A good portion of my paintings involve that moment when an individual, by themselves, might take the time to make the same observations as I have,” he said in his artist’s bio. “The subjects that I paint, whether they are abandoned movie theaters or amusement parks, must have a sense of time and place. I need to feel the emotion, either good or bad, about the place or subject.”
Lorusso’s paintings have been described as “warm” and “dreamlike,” and the Chicago-born artist considers his works to be visual narratives that tell stories about people and places. “I believe truly great art serves as a trigger into something deeper within all of us,” Lorusso said.