James Yarbrough exhibition, Mason Murer Fine Artby Erin Hollenbank
James Yarbrough has been a recognized talent in the Southeastern art scene for over four decades, and has been painting daily since 1956 (!). The new Carnival in Venice series he brought to Mason Murer Fine Art in collaboration with Twenty 21 Collections has taken him 4 years to create, and features over 20 paintings and drawing studies.
- Masked Courtesian and Two Studies
His newest exhibition initiates major contemplation about the value of drawing. Yarbrough included his drawing studies in the Carnival exhibition (extremely rare for artists) and hung them next to their corresponding paintings, showing his creative process to the audience. Each drawing is so rich in color and texture that they are hard to distinguish from the paintings. It’s in the drawings where the artist showcases his true talents, and where he connects the most with his audience.
The drawing studies consist of one or two carnival characters in elaborate costumes, but are void of background and foreground development. Yarbrough places these characters into “environments” by painting them on the streets of Venice with ominous weather tonalities. He uses the same characters throughout each of the paintings in the exhibition, making all the works united into one large body of related, recognizable work.
When I asked the artist how he enjoyed Venice, he replied that he’d never been. “I like the costumes, but I don’t necessarily like traveling,” he said. “My wife suffers the damned trying to get me to go on vacation.”
It’s clear that Yarbrough is most comfortable at home in his studio, where he’s been painting for the last five decades. “I paint because I want to, what I want to, when I want to,” he said, “which means right after breakfast until lunch, and then back into the studio until dinner.”
James Yarbrough’s Carnival in Venice exhibition will be on display at Mason Murer Fine Art until March 20th.
These are the finished paintings on canvas or board that Jim will be exhibiting at Mason Murer Fine Arts, on February 12th. Media range from acrylic to pastel to egg tempera to encaustic. The two previous posts contain Jim’s works on paper, which are also on exhibit at the gallery. If you are interested in purchasing one of these works, please contact Erin Wertenberger for more information.
On Friday February 12, from 7-10pm, Jim Yarbrough is opening his new exhibit at Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Drive, in Atlanta.
Below are some of the works on paper he will be showing. They are drawings and preliminary paintings of his friend Asha, a belly dancer of renown.
If you are interested in any of these paintings, please contact Jim for more information.
Our friend Asha is performing in Turkey, and asked to see some paintings Jim has done of her dancing. We sent her copies of the Celestial Dancer series, and after giving it some thought, Jim went out in the alley with a bunch of perliminary studies he did of various poses (action snaps, really, some very blurry, but all very musical) and asked me to post these for her to look at as well.
They’re various media, some acrylic, some pastel, all on paper and stored in a portfolio under the drawing table.
Have a great time in Turkey, Asha.