The Heart of Ondine 78x60 inches
GASPARD DE LA NUIT
An imposing, highly polished, ebony concert grand piano confronts all visitors to Ruth Gonzales’ workshop. Consuming a third of the available space, the piano would make more sense in a music conservatory than an abstract painter’s studio space.
However, a quick look at the remaining space shouts: An artist works here! Palette knives, brushes, mortars-and-pestles, paints and other tools of her craft populate the atelier. All of remaining spaces are lined with large, partly completed canvases. One yet-to-be stretched painting can be found flat on the floor, just a few steps from the front door.
Ruth Gonzales was born, raised and trained as a classical figurative artist in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, four hours south of the Arizona/Mexico border. The artist worked as a missionary in Southern Mexico before moving to this desert in 1990.
The artist’s classical training presents itself in her abstractions: forms are suggested,
Her deconstruction process produces a tremendous sense of depth.
“It is her understanding of form,” said Jorge Mendez, of Jorge Mendez Gallery, “that allows her to retain its essence while creating an abstract painting. Her finished pieces contain a unique tension.”
Gonzales told me she finds painting on a flat, two-dimensional surface not to be limiting, but to be “freeing.” Her freemdom is likely furthered by the fact that the natural and reflected light in her studio produces an ethereal, almost otherworldly aura that is inviting yet mysterious.
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