"Gracia Dayton is the chromatic champion with ... monotypes rich in saturated reds and blazing yellows as well as blues and greens... . Ms. Dayton has something in common with the English painter Howard Hodgkin."
- Vivian Raynor, The New York Times, January 1996.
|Artist's Statement: Gracia Dayton
VERSIONS OF PROVENCE - Each series of works that I do is the result of the inspiration I receive after traveling. The places I visit may be new to me or a return to a favorite haunt.
In this show the stimulation came from a three-week trip to Dieulefit, France in La Drome area of Provence. I was teaching a workshop in watercolor there, basing my daily lesson plans on color. When looking over the studies I did there on location, I decided to combine the color theories and some of the compositions in my new series.
The first works I did were watercolors of the landscape, very simplified, but drenched in the colors of the area.
The study I did of a beautiful Romanesque Church in le Comps, led to the second version of the series represented in collage. Instead of predictably illustrating the church, I cut several abstract shapes of the building and began by printing monotypes. The pieces became more abstracted when I collaged with them papers I had printed, and combined the collages with separate panels of bright complimentary colors. This led to making several collage and color panels that could be combined to create a larger statement.
The third version was accomplished on wood panels giving me a completely different surface on which to work. Using some of the church abstractions at first, I then decided to use symbols of the region as well. Each of the twelve-inch panels has a minimum of twelve layers of gesso, modeling paste, acrylic, and glazes on them. I like the contrast of the matte finish of the collages with the shiny glazes of the wood panels. The panels have been arranged in clusters, rows, totems, and scattered formations to enable collectors to again create statements to suit the spaces required.
Three versions of Provence were very exciting interpretations for me and unique to my previous exhibitions.
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Skidmore College, B.S. Art Education; California School of Fine Arts; San Francisco State University, Art History; Boston University, Art History; DeCordova Museum School; Bennington College.
About the Mary Jo Rines Gallery At First Parish
The Gallery At First Parish opened September 17, 2000.
On September 13, 2011, the Standing Committee voted to name the Gallery in
honor of its founder,
Its purpose, as described by the founders:
The mission of The Gallery At First Parish is to add another dimension
The Gallery is intended to be a service to the parish, the artist and the
Mary Jo Rines
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