Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present the river is a river, not a line, an exhibition of abstract paintings by Albuquerque-based artist Raychael Stine. This selection of work is from two series, Yow and Jammer paintings and Vision paintings. Stine paints with thick, sweeping brushstrokes and often includes gestural images of dogs, daisies, hearts, flowers, and rainbows over diffused backgrounds.
In Yows and Jammers Stine begins with paintings made directly on postcards of landscapes and rivers and then makes larger paintings based on these cards. She thinks about her representations of nature as abstractions. Her paintings are self-referential, repetitive, and constantly evolving. Vision paintings explore sensory experiences and dreams. She makes emphatic marks with paint she mixes to make reference to other paintings. Stine uses her memories to document time, light, space, experience, and narrative.
Raychael Stine’s work was published in multiple issues of New American Paintings and included in the Texas Biennial. She is a recipient of the Dallas Museum of Art Degoylier Grant, the Stone Award Scholarship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Gendler Fellowship as artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha. Stine is an assistant professor of painting and drawing at the University of New Mexico.
In the project room the gallery presents Navigation, a selection of paintings by Santa Fe–based artist Willy Bo Richardson. Included is Richardson’s first vertical line painting entitled Number 1, which became his iconic style and process. This painting was recently acquired by the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and his work is included in public and private collections worldwide.