Penny Treese encaustic artist exhibits.

The Irascible Muse: A Coming of Age – Art Exhibit -11.11 – 12.20

Review: Fine Arts Workshop artists build on Abstract Expressionism in “Irascible Muse” at Bill Lowe Gallery
By Robert Stalker | Nov 29, 2011

Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and
Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Continues through Dec. 20 2011

Bill Lowe Gallery
1555 Peachtree St., Suite 100 Atlanta

Bill Lowes Gallery

“The Irascible Muse: A Coming of Age,” at Bill Lowe Gallery through December, takes its name from a 1951 Life magazine article on the leaders of the New York School, which dubbed the pioneers of Abstract Expressionism “the Irascibles.”

Although the 20 students at the Fine Arts Workshop whose work makes up this exhibition are diverse in age and place of origin, they share a passionate engagement with materials and the past, in particular the examples of Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman and their fellow Irascibles.

Michael David, the atelier’s director, says the group’s “radical sincerity” helps them avoid the affectation and mannerism that art critic Clement Greenberg once dismissed as “the Tenth Street touch” of second-generation Abstract Expressionist painters. These artists also bear the influence of their instructor, whose work is in the show, especially in their use of encaustic.

“No Apologies I, II, III” 8×10” Photo-encaustic Shown at the Fine Arts Workshop group show at the Lowe Gallery, 2012.

Penny Treese - Decatur Atlanta Encaustic Artist

“Treese distresses photographs of nudes with coffee, tea, wine, water and salt. Tarnished and worn beyond legibility, these photos now convey not the beauty of the model but of time and decay itself.”


Artist Expresses Hope Beauty is Only Skin Deep – Decatur Market & Gallery Exhibit

Artists explore "Fallen" theme at Decatur Market and Gallery
By Theresa Woodgeard  The Decatur Patch, October 3, 2011

No matter who we are, the beauty of youth is bound to leave us.

For women there are plenty of acceptable means available to postpone the appearances of aging. The billion dollar beauty industry provides tools such as Plastic surgery, Botox and makeup to stave off sagging skin and wrinkles.

Encaustic Artist Penny Treese - Decatur Georgia“In Fallen — Now Risen,” artist Penny Tresses’  examines the feminine struggle to remain forever youthful and pin identity on the physical self.  In particular, she takes inspiration from a passage in “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle who writes:

“If you don't equate the body with who you are, when Beauty fades, vigor diminishes, or the body becomes incapacitated, this will not affect your sense of worth or identity in any way.”

Asked Treese, “What would happen if women embraced the changes in their aging bodies instead of fighting them?”

Through melting wax and paint over the photograph, she works to discover and bring forth the inner light and spirit that rises within.

“It’s my hope that we can live with confidence that we are beautiful in whatever form we’re in.”

Treese, a photo encaustic artist, began her process for this series with an out-of-focus photograph of a nude. She purposefully distressed the image with water, wine, smoke and coffee, many of the elements that age our bodies, and cuts the picture into segments. Using layers of molten bees wax and bright paint pigments, she transforms and distorts the bodies further into fluid images.

Treese’s work is part of the exhibit “Fallen,” Oct. 8 through Oct. 31 at Decatur Market and Gallery. The exhibit will feature juried works interpreting the “fallen” theme, including painting, sculpture, ceramic mixed media and jewelry.

The opening reception is Oct. 8 from 5 to 10 p.m. and will be judged with an award granted to the Best in Show. An outdoor artist market of local art will be held in connection with the exhibit. Complementary wine and hors d oeuvres and live music are part of the festivities.

Decatur Market and Gallery