There are still a few more days to enjoy Gail Van Wagoner’s exhibit at Bountiful’s Lamplight Gallery, which will be on display now through the end of the month. Van Wagoner’s work seems like a celebration of all the best aspects of the warmer seasons.
Many of the paintings are flower focused, including a small clutch of red poppy-looking flowers stunning enough that observers are likely to agree with the title: “I Never Knew.” “Hide and Seek,” a more subtle study of a leaf, is textured and engrossing.
The only pieces without color are fanciful, highly detailed ink designs that bring to mind flowers, feathers, and blades of grass. They seem like idealized doodles drawn in a notebook on a warm summer’s day, when the weather is too nice to think about that grocery list or work project.
Though some of the other paintings seem to share that same abstraction, a closer look reveals a much more experience-focused celebration of spring and summer. “Barefoot,” which features a glowing orange ball on a field of gold and blue, looks very much like a deconstructed walk on a sunlit beach.
The loose boxes of color in “All You Need” at first looks like a homage to Mondrain, but after awhile the similar shades sitting so close together become an artist’s palette. The title, then, becomes a bit of friendly advice, suggesting that color is all you need to go out and capture the world on your own.
At least, as soon as spring comes around again.