Please join us for a rare showing of the monumental and small works of Portland artist ALEX LILLY at the "Third Saturday" opening reception at Mark Woolley Gallery, top floor of Pioneer Place in downtown Portland. (AUGUST 17TH, 5-9 PM, with dj Herr Pong, drinks & snacks and fun people.) Lilly is a gifted printer, painter and blacksmith who operates out of a cavernous studio in Portland's Old Town. This show will include etchings, small panel oil paintings, large scale paintings, and selected sculpture in the entire gallery space. Alexander Richard Lilly obtained his BFA in Printmaking from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1996 and has shown his work in various venues in LA and NY. From 1996-2004 he apprenticed with his late father John Lilly, Art Fabricator, assisting with large sculptural projects by Pei White, Richard Turner, Jonathan Borofsky and others in the U.S. and Europe. Lilly's work is included in the following selected collections: Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles, CA, Plazm Magazine, Portland, OR, Portland Art Museum, Gordon Gilkey Print Collection and the Visual Chronicle of Portland, administered by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
Media images of war have had a profound impact on Lilly's work. From the black-on-white graphic representation of silhouetted police in formation in etchings to the painted brushwork of the colors of war and fire, these powerful rendered images tell their stories. In the artist's own words: "I work in the Old Town District of Portland, so my connection to the sufferings of the street run deep. I see the fresh faces of families forced onto the streets. I work in the shadow of the Steel Bridge. I see our Skid Row poverty every day. The poverty informs my work. Dry points, etchings, paintings, the constant wars, the class divide all inform my ideas, my pursuit of social justice."
Commented Mark Woolley: "I am SO excited about this show and for the opportunity to have Alex show his formidable skills in the entire gallery space. Alex has been a bit elusive about showing his monumental pieces, so this will be a treat. SAVE THE DATE for a special studio event First Thursday in September (5th). Details will follow. Hope to see you SATURDAY, AUGUST 17. It will surely be an awesome evening."