Suburbia by LeeAnne Wright
Taking in LeeAnne Wright
’s show at Red Door Gallery
is an end-of-summer treat. Her
oil-on-canvas paintings, featured as part of the gallery’s 2012 Summer Group Show, shine with jewel-toned, sun-amped dynamism. Her work, along with that of five other artists (Barney Levitt, Suzanne Morris, Dallas Mosman, Christaphora Robeers and Tim Robinson), is on view through Aug. 31.
I spent much time in front of Wright's painting Suburbia. (Priced at $700, it's pictured.) With almost stained-glass-like precision, the painting evokes a California backyard lifestyle and signified, to me, the tonal intensity of the brassy light of
July and August. I was transfixed.
Suburbia measures 22 by 28 inches, from corner to corner, and it's steeped in light. Like this piece, many of Wright’s works emphasize aerial views. Patchwork planted fields, with sunlit quilt-like patterns, offer rhythmic views that captivate. Farmland IV ($750) is another great example of this.
graduated with an arts degree from the University of Richmond and then got her master’s in fine arts at VCU, says her work is “all about the way the colors relate to each other once they’re placed side by side on the canvas.” She also says, “I create paintings full of joy, color and light,” and I agree.
Hurry in before the show closes, and plan to attend Red Gallery’s next exhibition. "Sycamore Musings,” featuring work by Christopher Stevens. It opens Friday, Sept. 7, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Many of Stevens' paintings — Sycamore 2 and Autumn River in particular — will leave you wanting fall to arrive sooner than later.
Red Door Gallery is at 1607 W. Main St. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.