Maxwell Colette Gallery is pleased to announce Perennial Escapism, a solo exhibition from Chicago-based artist David Soukup. The show will run from April 26, 2013 through June 1, 2013, with an opening reception on Friday, April 26, from 6pm until 10pm. This is Soukup's first show with Maxwell Colette Gallery.
Perennial Escapism presents a collection of richly textured mixed media paintings on wood, with imagery derived from the artist's own photographs of early 20th century wrought iron fire escapes in Chicago. Soukup's paintings combine visual elements of graphic design and collage with the tactile elements of paint and reclaimed materials to create decidedly urban motifs. He hand-cuts the elaborate stencils, some up to four feet in length, that are utilized to create his paintings. The resulting latticework of iron bars and shadows echoes the visual experience of his everyday life, and reflects his obsession with meticulous detail. "This work represents a personal ‘escape’ so to speak" says Soukup. "I went back to what first made me passionate. I drew inspiration not just from the city imagery itself, but from the textures, the grit, and the distress that makes up a city. Perennial Escapism marks the beginning of a new direction, one I’ve never been more excited to pursue."
David Soukup's artwork has been shown in Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Los Angeles, and internationally in Adelaide and Melbourne. His paintings have been featured on the Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose and Artist-a-Day websites. More about David Soukup can be found on his website www.soukupvisual.com.