Alchemical Abstractions: Paintings by Paul Jeanes

McDaniel College's Department of Art and Art History presents “Alchemical Abstractions: Paintings by Paul Jeanes,” through December 7 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall.

Jeanes says his paintings “explore alchemical processes of corrosion, ablation, liquefaction, and stratification with a romantically incidental approach to painting. Each work is created improvisationally, without a final compositional plan, while upwards of 25 layers of paint are individually applied and removed from each painting. Every layer is subsequently scraped across and into the canvas, which equalizes the surface so that a unified flattening occurs. Through this labor-intensive process of application and removal, I attempt to depict a kind of turbulent, chromatic atmosphere where shifting fragments and gestures are at once illuminated and obscured.”

“Recently, I have come to abide by the notion that the visualization of complex thought and a kind of psychosomatic energy can be conveyed by the simplest means of visual expression possible, in this case, through the slurry of colored pigment on canvas. With this philosophy in mind, my approach to art-making remains quixotically primitive, and at times naïve, and it continues to create a space for ultimate potential in my work.”

Paul Jeanes has an MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at The Maryland Institute College of Art. He is as a Full-time Foundation Faculty member at The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. Recent exhibitions of his paintings include “The Arousing,” a solo show at Gibbs Street Gallery, “Dead Reckoning”, a solo show at School 33, and group exhibitions at C. Grimaldis Gallery, Loyola University and Area 405.

The Rice Gallery is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12 pm - 4 pm, Thursdays from 12pm - 8pm, and Saturdays from 12pm - 5pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about the artist, please visit For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:00pm

Peterson Hall, The Rice Gallery

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