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Pam Folsom & Carlos Gamez De Francisco
ON VIEW OCTOBER 27, 2016 – DECEMBER 3. 2016
Cincinnati, OH – This fall, Miller Gallery is excited to bring you never before seen work from painters Pam Folsom and Carlos Gamez de Francisco. Contrasting in technique and subject matter, these exhibitions seek to bring you two different artists who use both color and brush stroke to create a unique esthetic that contributes to their distinctive styles. An opening reception will be held from 6pm-8pm on Thursday, October 27th. We will be serving food by Keegan’s Seafood and Breadsmith, with wine pairings by Hyde Park Gourmet.

Cincinnati artist Pam Folsom’s passion is for painting the beauty of the rural Ohio countryside, small towns, the beaches and lagoons of the Florida Keys – and scenes wherever else she might travel. She paints en plein air, capturing the energy of what she sees through confident strokes in vibrant color and rich texture.

With a farm in Aberdeen, Ohio where Pam and her husband often spend weekends, the artist says that en route they pass “one beautiful scene after another” but rarely have the time to stop. “As a culture, we have become so destination-oriented, that we have forgotten about what the experience holds along the way.” Folsom encourages us to slow down, stop the car and really see the beauty our surroundings hold. In her energized renderings of the scenes she so loves, we can virtually smell the fresh air, feel the breeze and the warmth of the sunshine. “Color is my inspiration,” Folsom states. “I love to go beyond reality but still create a believable, unique piece.” By painting on location, rather than from photographs, she makes artistic decisions on the spot, full of pure and honest emotion. “It’s not just what you see, it’s what you feel,” she says.

Influenced by the historical work of Chaim Soutine, Edward Potthast and Richard Diebenkorn, she has studied under contemporary artists John Stewart and Tim Tozer. Her fine art education spans from the University of Indiana, the University of Cincinnati, and the Vermont Studio Center. Pam has been painting for 20 years. Her work is included in corporate collections, hospitals, casinos, as well as many notable private collections.

Carlos Gamez de Francisco was born in 1987 in Holguin, Cuba and now lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.  He is a fine artist, film-maker, fashion designer and illustrator of books. His work focuses on contemporary portraits and landscapes. Vivid in color and line, these uniquely stylized subjects encompass baroque themes painted in contemporary method, unique to the artist.

He has received numerous awards including the SAIC Distinguished Scholarship; SAIC Grants; the Kurtich Travel Scholarship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2015 to 2016; the Ox Bow Merit Scholarship at Ox Bow School of Art in 2016; the Key to the City of Louisville by Mayor Greg Fischer in 2012; and the “Dreammakers” Artist in Residence at Muhammad Ali Center in 2009. He has had solo shows at 21c Museum, Bentonville, AR; Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN; Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Miami, FL; 21c Museum, Louisville, KY; Muhammad Ali Museum, Louisville, KY; and the Colonial Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba. Gamez de Francisco is represented in the collection of the 21c Museum, Louisville, KY; the Fashion Resource Center at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; the Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center, Miami, FL; the Louisville Metro Hall, Louisville, KY; and the Polanco Collection, Havana, Cuba. Gamez de Francisco´s works are also in private collections in the United States, Spain, Luxembourg, Italy, Argentina, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Mexico.