Art Exhibit Continues California Artist Series With the Art of Bay Area Artist Debra Maddox
November 29, 2017, Sausalito, CA – On Saturday December 16th, Madrigal Family Winery Tasting Salon’s & Gallery in Sausalito will open its 21th exhibition with its Art & Wine series, “Life in Motion”’ featuring the work of Bay Area Artist Debra Maddox. Curated by Shiva Pakdel, the exhibit captures speed, grace, and athleticism in art, with an emotional twist. Paintings of Cyclists, Dancers, and Swimmers will be on view through January 31st. The opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, December 16th from 6– 8:30pm.
“We celebrate the creative process and the individual point of view here at Madrigal,” commented Chris Madrigal, Madrigal Family Winery’s Founder and President. “For three generations in Calistoga, my family has enjoyed the pleasure of being part of a vital community, sharing a glass of wine and storytelling. For 2 years and 21 artist installations and receptions in our Sausalito tasting salon, we’ve enjoyed carrying on that tradition in the Bay Area.”
ARTIST STATEMENT by Debra Maddox
Bay Area artist, Debra Maddox, has been painting and making art her entire life. After receiving a Bachelor Degree in Art Education, Debra completed post-graduate work in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute.
“Observing how light, shadow, color, and texture transform shapes and forms into aesthetic compositions, drives my desire to record what I see in the world around me. Figures in motion, is an exploration of not only compelling visuals, but also an ambiguous narrative that is left up to the interpretation of the viewer. “
Her body of work examines several themes – figures in motion that are cycling, dancing, or in or around water, and figures caught in unguarded moments of contemplation. Regardless of the topic, the visual and emotional elements are always constant.
Some of her most recent work references images of black and white photography. The monochromatic subjects are less literal, and require the viewer’s interpretation to take control. The juxtaposition of the subject and a color-field backdrop takes the image out of the realm of a literal narrative and opens the possibilities of imagination.
Her water series has its early roots. As a college student, she spent summers as a lifeguard with many long hours devoted to gazing at the shimmering water. She observed how light refracted and bounced off of the water’s surface. Later as an adult, she loved swimming under water – a realm that produced a meditative state. Incorporating swimmers, divers, and water as subjects in her paintings, occurred organically for her. She sought to capture not only the fluidity and reflective nature of the water, but also the motion of the swimmers and divers.
Her cyclist series focuses on another dimension – the freedom and exhilaration of the ride– being outdoors in the elements with the wind brushing past, momentarily escaping from the daily routine. The images provide a metaphor that life is always changing, moving forward, and is never static.
The theme of dancers provides a visual of kinetic energy. The interaction of the subjects serves as a narrative of interpersonal relationships. The push and pull of the dance movements between two individuals remind us that relationships are precarious in nature, and require a give and take attitude in order to survive.
As Maddox weaves together all of the compositional and emotional elements, she allows her imagination to take control, resulting in compelling images that only exist in her mind.
Entrance to the Madrigal art and wine event is complimentary. RSVP to [email protected]
The Madrigal Sausalito Tasting Salon & Gallery is open from 12-7pm Thursday – Monday. For information, contact Wine Salon Manager Patricia Gatti at (415) 729-9549 or [email protected]
About Madrigal Family Winery
Located on Highway 29, halfway between Calistoga and St. Helena in the renowned Napa Valley, the Madrigal Family Winery continues the family tradition of viticultural leadership and wine production. Since the 1930s, the family has been building its reputation and earning recognition for their vineyard management program as well as their wines. Situated on 40 acres of estate vineyards, the state of the art Madrigal Winery specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, and small lots of single vineyard and estate wines. Today, Madrigal Family Winery is run by Chris Madrigal, the family’s 3rd generation.
Madrigal Family Winery Sausalito Tasting Salon & Gallery
Sausalito, CA 94965