An Awakening
American Art Collector|March 2020
A new exhibition, titled An Awakening, at RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York, brings to light the idea that “the eyes are the windows to the soul.”

Through artwork featuring figures and wildlife, the five artists in the show—Kris Lewis, Jorge Santos, Geoffrey Laurence, Margo Selski and Tyler Vouros—delve deep into the inner psyche of their subjects to present something beyond the surface.

Mago, the gallery curator, elaborates, “Eyes always reveal a temporary glimpse into the soul, and through their artworks, each of these artists shares a peek into their sensitivity and inner world. These paintings utilize varied media, and yet all share supremely assured, luscious brushwork and vibrant, unimaginably deep patina and unique hues. They bring to us their transcendent, engaging presence, as though the subjects might wish to speak to our own minds, and imaginations, with their vast emotional range.”

Santos’ painting Gatherer is part of a series of portraits of African women. The paintings are inspired by “memories of my formative years traveling all over Angola,” he says, adding they are nostalgic in nature.

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