Friday, December 3, 2021

December at Gallery 10: Characters in Abstract - Dave Manousos

My name is Dave Manousos. I am a fine artist living in Northern California Gold Country. Known for my bold brushwork and colorful interpretations of everyday life represented in the faces of my characters,

I consider my style modern with a pop twist.

The bright color scheme defines the pop aspect of my artwork; however, the expressions of my subjects often take the piece out of the tropey pop space and move it into a subversive and serious space.

Most of my character paintings have dual personalities competing in a single space. When viewing one of my paintings, take your hand and cover one side of the piece then do the same on the other side. You will see two different emotions or expressions existing cohesively in the same space.

Over the past 35 years I have experimented with many techniques of painting and illustrating. I have written and illustrated children’s books, worked in graphic design and continued to paint.

My current Big Eye Collection is a compilation of character paintings that combine both my illustration and painting techniques. As I apply layer after layer of color and texture, I see shapes and faces emerge from the canvas. I embrace the dominant figure and bring it to life.

Dave will show his work at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek, during the month of December.  A reception will be held in Dave’s honor on Saturday, December 4, 2-5 P.M. Everyone is invited to meet Dave, see his amazing and original display of paintings, and enjoy a bite to eat.  The show will hang all of December.

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