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Boyd Gavin, a life-long resident of Sacramento, received his BA from University of Santa Cruz, and his MA from California State University, Sacramento. He has exhibited extensively, including at the Crocker Art Museum, the Caldwell Synder Gallery in San Francisco, and at the John Natsoulas Gallery.
Gavin’s seemingly effortless brushstrokes enliven canvases and draw the viewers close through geometric depth. His painterly style, in the traditions of artists such as Cezanne, allows him to depict very specific worlds, while responding to atmospheric complexity. His tonalist hues combined with nostalgic imagery create distinct atmospheres that instantly transport viewers.
“This show was largely inspired by the gardens, pools and neon of West Sacramento’s once iconic motels. This vanished roadside culture, the scourge of every city planner past and present, offered travelers a theme part of ersatz domesticity built purposefully to the human scale”.
Gavin’s depictions of these now-historic locations are, in effect, his own form of preservation. Through these familiar yet distant scenes of mid-century spaces, Gavin reflects on the past and invites his viewers to join him on his journey of memory.
"My work focuses primarily on still lifes and observations of suburban life, with occasional forays into figure painting. The paintings are worked up through direct study and bits of stored memory. All of it is contingent upon feeling. I want to draw the viewer close, in an almost conversational way.
It’s not necessarily a common likeness that I seek, but the deeper, abstract complexity that lies behind appearances. As a painter, I take my cues from the discordant effects that emerge accidentally in the process of making. These shards help me to locate the space that I’m constructing. This strikes me as a very organic way of fleshing something out on canvas, and it also paves the way for expression to develop more intrinsically in the work.
I compose with feeling as much as I do with color or line. In other words, the point is to work through feeling rather than towards it. As such, my work tends to be more about states of reflection than any specific narrative. My aim is to embody the spirit or ultimate reality of my chosen subject."
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