Before and After Summer
oil on muslin
89 × 56-1/2 inches
 Donald Feasél: New Paintings

San Francisco artist Donald Feasél opens a solo exhibition of his most recent paintings at Brian Gross Fine Art, on Thursday, June 7, with a reception for the artist from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This exhibition features Feasel’s four major new improvisational abstract works on large format canvasses. The show continues through July 7.

Measuring up to 80” × 56” each, his recent works are oil paintings on either linen or muslin, executed in vertical and horizontal formats. These abstract expressionist canvasses are dynamic compositions full of rhythmic movement enhanced by gestural qualities. On their surface, pigment is set in motion through vigorous brushstrokes yielding spontaneous accumulations of colorful forms. Juxtaposing rich dark colors with lighter tones, Feasél creates dramatic spatial relationships.

The textural contrast of impasto and translucence gives an earthy appearance to all of Feasél’s non-representational compositions. Executed in deep browns, vibrant purples and blues interlaced with soft pinks and greens, the painting Before and After Summer alludes to a lush, organic landscape. Painted in a similarly striking palette Avalanche, explodes with colliding shapes and tumultuous energy.

Donald Feasél is an accomplished Bay Area painter, whose abstract oil paintings have generated critical acclaim over the last ten years. He currently teaches painting and drawing at Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA. He received his MFA in 1984 from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied with Elmer Bischoff and his BA from UCLA in 1976. His work has been included in numerous Bay area exhibitions. This is his second solo exhibition with Brian Gross Fine Art.