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June 3, 2021 - June 25, 2022
5:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Opening reception June 3, 5:30 - 7:30 PM Mon. - Closed Tue./Wed. - 10am - 5pm Thurs. - 10am - 7pm Fri./Sat. - 10am - 5pm Sun. - Closed *Closed City Observed Holidays

d'Art Center

740 Boush Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Free and open to the public
Abstract illustration showing many textures of paint
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d'Art Center presents "Surface: Textures and Patterns in Artwork"

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Surface is an exhibition of artworks that highlights the use of textures and patterns in artworks from across the country. We want our patrons to be able to “feel” the textures in the work with their eyes, and to get lost in all the patterns! The call reached 39 states. 218 artists submitted for a total of 781 submissions. d’Art’s Gallery Manager, and the juror selected 64 pieces from 60 artists from 23 states (9 Virginians)! This is a juried exhibition, and was co-curated by gallery manager Amanda Bradley, and exhibition juror and artist, Jorge A. Saenz. Jorge also has a piece on display in the Surface Exhibition.

Juror Biography: 

Jorge Saenz is a Nicaraguan-American artist based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Growing up just a few blocks from Haight-Ashbury in 1960s San Francisco, Saenz was exposed to countless pockets of art and culture, falling in love with painting early on in his childhood. After studying architecture and fine art, Saenz spent a considerable amount of time working in the field of visual merchandising. He now commits to his artwork full-time, enhancing and refining his unique methodology. 

Relying on his architectural background and ever evolving concept of color fields, Saenz has hand-carved his own niche in the abstract realm, drawing inspiration from prolific artists like De Kooning, Rothko and Frankenthaler. A close glance at his work reveals multiple layers of shapes, patterns, and color fluctuation, often completed with translucent drips and asemic writing. Commonly inspired by social causes, Saenz’s unapologetic usage of various mediums and contrasting color temperatures hint at his romantic approach to abstract art. 


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