Ron Riley’s solo show “LAND, AIR, AND SEA” opens on September 29 at the Foundry Gallery.
The body or artwork includes paintings which were inspired by the natural beauty of our planet. Riley portrays landscapes and seascapes, which evoke a sense of internal peace, tranquility, serenity, and power, which unite us with the majestic forces we find within ourselves and in our natural environment. Riley’s tactile palette ranges from the soft and pastel which evokes visions of a tranquil and peaceful planet whereas his deep and more intense hues engender visions of some of nature’s more ominous forces.
Ron has always been fascinated with texture and has sought to make it an integral part of his work. To create “real” texture in his paintings in addition to purely “visual” textures which are strictly a “trick of the eye”, Riley has incorporated a variety of materials in his paintings, the two most important being thick compound paste and foil which has been mounted on paper. The use of both goes beyond purely simulating texture to producing actual textural qualities in his work. Riley feels that these “real textures” afford him the opportunity to create a wider range of effects, which are more powerful than those done on smooth surfaces.
Ron graduated from American University with a degree in Fine Arts and taught art in the Montgomery County Public Schools System for many years while also pursuing his personal career as an artist. He is a member of the Foundry Gallery as well as Mid City Artists. In addition, Ron is a co-president of the Foundry Gallery and for the past year and a half worked toward Gallery’s restructuring, recruitment and financial solidarity, as well as, encouraging outside groups to lease the Gallery, such as, the Ahmad Alkarki Exhibition and the month long Kurdish Exhibition held at the Gallery a few months ago.
Ron has exhibited his work in many shows in the District of Columbia and is displayed in private homes in the U.S. and abroad.
Ron’s “LAND, AIR, AND SEA” will be on view at the innovative Foundry Gallery in Washington, DC from September 29 through October 31, located at 1314 18th Street. The Opening reception is Friday, October 1, 6–8pm.