John Folsom + Mary Nelson Sinclair | Hidell Brooks

There’s a new exhibition at the Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte’s Southend, and you only have until March 31st to check it out. It features works by John Folsom and Mary Nelson Sinclair, artists whose different styles really seem to work so well together thanks to the way the curators at the Hidell Brooks have them laid out. One of the things I like so much about this gallery is the open feel to it, and if you want to just sit and gaze at the paintings for awhile, there are obliging benches throughout the gallery.

We’ve seen a few of John Folsom’s pieces before, but on this visit we learned a bit about how his ‘grid’ paintings come to life.

They start off as photographs that are cut up into squares, painted over and the sealed with beeswax. For those who are unaware of the official term for sealing artwork in wax, it’s known as Encaustic.

Here’s a bit about the artist…

John Folsom is a mixed media artist who received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University. His work demonstrates the narrative potential of images through the intersection of painting and photography. – Hidell Brooks Gallery

What I like the most about the paintings you’re going to see is the depth each work has. You literally feel like you could step through into the painting and walk for miles.

As you venture further into the Hidell Brooks Gallery, you can see the works of Mary Nelson Sinclair.

Mary Nelson Sinclair grew up in Dallas and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from the Pratt Institute in 2008. Her abstract paintings have a strong visual language accentuated by her color palette and materials used to make her gestural makings.

Do you have a favorite piece? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.


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  • Reply Melinda March 18, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    The Folsom pieces are very soothing. Not as much a fan of the other work as I’m so concrete in my thinking that I struggle with abstract art.

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