GILLIAN BRADSHAW SMITH
March 23 - april 20, 2019
RO2 ART | The cedars
1501 s. ervay st. Dallas, tx 75215
March 23 - April 20, 2019
Ro2 Art | Dallas, TX
Dallas, March 2019 - Ro2 Art is proud to present Nocturne, a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Gillian Bradshaw Smith. The show will run from March 23 through April 20, 2019. There will be an opening reception held Saturday, March 23, from 7-10pm at the Ro2 Art in the Cedars located at 1501 S Ervay St. Dallas, TX 75215.
My current show ‘Nocturns’ at Ro2 Art is inspired by both working with the rich effects of layered paper and the evocative imagery engendered by the opening lines of the celebrated poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge ‘Kubla Khan’, that I’ve always loved.
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
The works are portholes onto the vistas of the caverns, of rocks and water, with many moons, and steaming volcanos. Dark dream worlds, from the past or future.
Drawn on black board with prismacolor and using paper cutouts to layer and arrange the forms.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Gillian Bradshaw-Smith was born and raised in India, where her father served in the British Army. She first came to Dallas to live with family after obtaining her fine arts degree from the University of Reading in the 1960s. Leaving Texas to pursue an art career in New York City, she was featured several times at Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery on Madison Avenue, an accomplishment shared with noted artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray. In addition to a fruitful art career, Bradshaw-Smith is known for designing more than 20 theatrical sets (many still in use) for the New York Theatre Ballet and for her successful book, Adventures in Toymaking.