PREPARE TO BE DELIGHTED IN THE PAINTED PROSE OF OUR FRENCH ARTIST ALAIN BALLEREAU AND SPONTANEOUS WORKS FROM LOCAL CERAMICIST CHUCK SOLBERG.
Alain Ballereau was born in Paris in 1956 and has lived and worked in the South West of France since 1991. The body of work we are exhibiting is from 2004 to present, where Alain's work evolved onto large format craft paper with vibrant layers of paint and pattern, quiet territories and geometric levels. From 2009 onwards, his works became less abstract and more flexible and allusive as vast ideal landscapes with human presence. Every step of the way, Alain's painting requires the accident to determine the adventure. Harmony and balance is found between the unpredictable and the controlled gesture, spontaneity and sacrifice, between shadow and light, opacity and transparency
Chuck is a nationally recognized clay artist whose works have appeared in the National Crafts Show, the National Teapot Exhibit, and in both volumes of “Best of Pottery.” His work is in the collections of the Mobile Fine Art Museum, the Weisman Museum, The Minnesota Historical Museum and numerous private collections in the United States, England and Japan. He was awarded the prestigious Jerome Grant for his work with sagger firing.