PYRO Gallery Presents: Movement and Context

Movement + Context

PYRO Gallery presents Movement + Context, a three-person show featuring painters and new members Julia Davis, Shawn Marshall, and Guinever Smith. It opens Friday, January 8, 2016 with a reception from 6-9 pm.  The show will run from January 7 – February 13.

PYRO is located at 909 East Market Street and is open from 12-6 PM, Thursday through Saturday, and until 9 PM on January 8
th and February 12th for the First Friday Hop.

Marshall’s and Smith’s work focus on landscapes and context, while Davis’ work has an emphasis on the sense of limbo or uncertainty in a transitional space. Davis expresses this uncertainty via portraiture with brushstrokes that convey movement with the subject’s body language, non-verbal actions or clues. Marshall creates “landscapes” by drawing from both internal and external influences. Her expressions on the canvas are impressions of what might be a moment in time, a memory, or even a dream. Smith has always been interested in horizons, where sky and land meet. In this series Smith expresses the beauty of the landscape as well as the reality of this environment: smog, overcast, darkness. Her paintings reveal “the force of nature, its beauty, its power and its ability to change, to provide new views over and over again”.

Julia Davis is largely influenced by her development as child, hearing difficulties, and how she has coped with it as an adult. The temporal actions being conveyed are especially highlighted with a heightened sense of color and light. Each portrait is a different experience of understanding each individual with multiple transitions of mood overtime causing a decoding of their personality. She has an ignited interest in the social experience of transitional phases, using the portraits as an inter-subjective approach to understand the subject. The portrait is a visual mechanism to express the subjects’ cognitive process.

Davis started to visually express herself as a young child and continued this into her adult life. She was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1990 and was raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She received the Kenady Lynne Hendershot Memorial Full Scholarship at the Hite Art Institute, at the University of Louisville. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree with a focus on Oil Painting. She is a member of Louisville Visual Art and exhibited most recently in LVA’s Open Studio weekend Exhibition in November. She has shown at the Westheimer Gallery in Sharonville, Ohio in June 2015 and in various locations in Louisville, Kentucky throughout the past three years. She worked with Land of Tomorrow Gallery as an intern and the Metro Arts Center as an intern/assistant instructor in Louisville, Kentucky. She gives private lessons, hosts art gatherings, and paints live portraits at various events.

Shawn Marshall’s development as an artist has grown in tandem with her ability to mesh the physical experiences she has in the world with her own internal development and personal growth. Her current work embodies the most authentic channeling of her intuitive energy to create “landscapes.” It represents the ongoing journey of self-discovery; of letting go of preconceived notions and self-imposed rules and/or judgments of how she and her work interpret and portray the world. She uses only palette knives to sculpturally apply paint and/or wax, building the surface to create depth and space. Her work is full of textures, vibrant colors, and sharp, contrasted shadows that give a three-dimensional quality to the canvases.

Marshall holds a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from University of Kentucky and Cornell University, respectively. The influence of this discipline manifests itself in her paintings, mixed media, and sculpture. She has been a member of Enid, Generations of Women Sculptors, since 2003 and has exhibited both individually and collectively in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Arizona, New York, and Illinois. She is a member of LVAA and has been highlighted in the online publication, Artebella Daily. In 2014, her work was included in 6 shows including “HORIZON; Contemporary Landscape” at the Danville Contemporary Arts Center, “Abstract Kentucky” at Kaviar Forge Gallery, and “Displacement I & II” at Spalding University, Louisville and the New Harmony Gallery of Art in New Harmony, IN.  Most recently her work was selected for “ART BY AMERICA”, an exhibit in Chicago, Illinois, and a collection of her work can be seen at the new “green” PNC Bank Tower in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Guinever Smith is introducing another series in this exhibit about cars and the landscape.  These paintings are like glimpses, moments, where Smith states” I find myself looking at the world  in terms of cars, the fast ones, the slow ones…The car landscape is in constant change.  So, I am interested in capturing these momentary, fleeting qualities.” Through washes and drips of paint Smith conveys flashes of movement present in this chaotic world.

Smith holds a B.A. degree in painting from the University of Louisville, and an M.F.A. degree in painting from the University of Cincinnati. From 1988-1993, Smith taught painting, drawing and two-dimensional design at U of L. Currently, she is teaching drawing and design at Bellarmine University and Spalding University. Smith’s paintings have been featured in a variety of exhibits including “Language and the Land: Contemporary Landscape Paintings in Quito, Ecuador and Lexington, Kentucky”,”The Everchanging Landscape” at Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft,and “Made in Kentucky: Regional Artists in the Collection” at University of Kentucky Art Musem.  Smith also had a solo exhibition of “Small Horizons” at Heike Pickett Gallery in Versailles/Lexington, Kentucky and was in a three-person exhibition at Lydon Fine Art in Chicago, Illinois.

Besides exhibiting her paintings, Smith has been a twice recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, and Smith was also one of thirteen artists chosen to participate in KET Television series “Looking at Painting”. Smith’s paintings are in numerous public and private collections including:  Churchill Downs, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Bellarmine University, University Club at U of L, Commonwealth Bank, Stockyards Bank, Vencor Inc., Ventas Incorporated (Chicago, Illinois) Brown-Forman, and the University of Kentucky Art Museum.


PYRO Gallery is open 12 PM to 6 PM on Thursdays thru Saturday, or by appointment. The gallery is open late during artist receptions and First Friday Trolley Hops. Admission to PYRO Gallery is FREE and open to the pubic.

PYRO is an artist owned and operated gallery with 20 current members.  Working in many different styles and media, a diverse group of professional artist members guarantees a lively assortment of work to visitors and collectors.



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