Oil and water do mix —Vermillion and González at Galería Vermillon

By Henry Vermillion

New and recent oils and drawings by Henry Vermillion and watercolors by Javier González will be celebrated at a reception at Galería Vermillion.

Art: Watercolors by Henry Vermillion & Javier González. Sat, Feb 25, 6-8pm. Galería Vermillion, Plaza Colonial, Canal 21

I was asked a question this afternoon by a student: in this day of electronic media, conceptual and other new varieties of art, does drawing and painting really matter anymore? In many or most art schools, those skills are regarded as past history. Young students want to learn art skills related to their social and emotional life, that is, Iphones, Ipads, videos, film, and etc.

So be it, that’s the way it is. I don’t quarrel with that fact. What I do feel is, first, art that is physical, art you can touch or feel in the physical world has more power than art, which is only idea or is electronically communicated. And more importantly, cameras and their kin can rarely communicate the range and depth of human experience as forcefully and well as can painting. Are there photographic equals of Rembrandt, Degas, or Picasso?

Javier González is coming to be recognized as a premier watercolor painter in San Miguel. His skills compare well with the best watercolorists anywhere. An architect by training and profession, he has honed his talent over a period of 40 years, although he only recently has begun showing widely. He is a master of portraits of flowers, portraits of people, and of portrayals of people in Mexico doing humble and necessary work.

My own work aims at expressing as wide and as complete an expression of the human condition as I am able. That involves the joys, the ironies, the tragedies, the sorrows, the beauties, the sillinesses and the humor of the human condition. This is a lifetime project, and I approach it with humility. The work is figurative and expressionist more than realist. Some of the recent oils are entitled “God Conducts a Demonstration,” “A History of Mexico—Part Two,” and “The Human Comedy (The Actors).” There are new drawings and other pieces as well.

The public and friends are all invited.

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