August marks the eighteenth consecutive year Hudson River Valley artist, Glenn Tunstull, will exhibit his work on Martha’s Vineyard. The show, titled, Personal Perspectives, opens with a 7:00-9:00 p.m. reception Saturday, August 10, at Cousen Rose Gallery, 71 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA and runs through Saturday, August 17. For additional information call 508-693-6679 facebook.com/cousenrose, cousenrose.com. For travel and accommodation information: www.mvol.com
Tunstull’s current collection of watercolors and oils explore his considerable range of artistic expression. On one hand, the work recalls his earlier, fluid watercolor works of small beach life vignettes, and on the other, there is his pursuit of more experimental oil renderings of boldly abrascted landscapes that appear to move as one views them.
Collectors of Tunstull’s work will immediately note his new approach with watercolors. The pieces are smaller, representing peeks of people enjoying Vineyard beach life. With the exception of two works, the figures in each painting are two dimensional, and slightly abstracted, coming across more as silhouettes rather than detailed portrayals. Tunstull also plays with color—leaning more toward pastels for the surroundings and richer tones for those at play—and size, creating offerings as 6”x 9” and 7”x10” paintings. “I wanted to make the pieces attractive to new buyers”, he states.
In several of the oil paintings, Tunstull uses a thick application of fluid, colorful strokes suggesting both dimension and form with varying degrees of representational expression. This latest series is filled with sweeping, raised-surface brushstrokes imbuing the canvas with an explosion of color and movement, providing the sensation of a breeze on an autumn day.
“For this collection of oils I approached the dimensional elements, within each setting, using a variety of abstract motions orchestrated to set them apart from one another, yet blending them together as seen in real life. Both are forms of expressions I feel comfortable with,” says Tunstull.
Personal Perspectives features 12 new and two previously shown works. Also available are hand-embellished prints of six oil paintings.