Honey Ramka presents Gaines Peyton: Recent Paintings. Opens Friday, March 1st (6-9 PM) — on view thru March 24th. 

 

In painter and gallerist Gaines Peyton’s exhibition of new small-scaled paintings, the fantastical and the natural overlap in paintings that combine lucid irrationality with moody, stilled landscapes. In Peyton’s works, birds and plants that could have issued from the brush of Hieronymous Bosch unfurl in sinuous filigree before landscapes tranquil enough to be Thomas Gainsboroughs. Set against creamy grounds layered with oil paint and encaustic, Peyton renders vignettes of a world that seems to flower and dissolve in a timeless alternate landscape. 

 

In this series of small paintings, Peyton punctuates a wintery grey-blue oil palette with stirring moments of finely-painted fauna and botanica rendered in intense opaque color on the surface. A bird, a pear tree, or a cluster of broken-off buds appear with surrealist clarity, climbing over obscured forms compressed below them between layers of oil glazes. Peyton’s combination of foggy distance and precise and colorful immediacy summons a mysterious ether where the painting’s densely-worked ground and finely-painted surface could be an Edenic paradise or its foggy remnants after the fall. In either case, the menagerie is as lush as it is haunted.

 

Gaines Peyton holds a BFA in painting from RISD, and is co-owner of Sears-Peyton Gallery in New York and in Los Angeles. This is her first exhibition in Honey Ramka’s Project Space.