For the past forty years, Bay Area painter Chester Arnold has grappled with the prospect of making relevant narratives on canvas, exhibiting his results extensively and often. His work often reflects a political consciousness encompassing many aspects of contemporary life. Arnold’s masterful paintings connect with traditions of empathy and idea driven art. This wide ranging collection surveys works from the past three decades, investigations rich with humor, penetrating visual commentary, along with a fierce love of the natural world and the Art of Painting. Brief texts, derived from conversations, describe many of the concerns that have driven Arnold’s prolific career.
128 pages. Full color. $20.00
Best known for her monumental ceramic sculptures, Oakland artist Viola Frey (1938-2004) was a central figure, along with Robert Arneson and Peter Voulkos, in cracking the barrier between art and craft. Frey, whose work is represented in more than seventy public collections, also produced stunning paintings, drawings, and photography. This is the first volume to explore her work, together in these mediums. It offers a rare opportunity to witness Frey’s distinctive treatment of women and men, as well as the cohesiveness of her quirky, personal iconography. An essay by Susan Griffin brilliantly explores Frey’s life and work.
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