Art by Vermillion celebrates Ángela Peralta birthday

By Alan Redd

As part of the 140th anniversary celebration of the Angela Peralta Theater, the Director of the Department of Education and Culture Acacio Martínez announced that Henry Vermillion will be the artist featured in the Theater gallery for the celebration festivities of the 140th anniversary of the local landmark in downtown San Miguel.

Henry Vermillion at the Teatro Ángela Peralta
Within the celebrations for the Teatro’s 140 anniversary
Sat, May 18, 5-7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta

Vermillion, a painter who has lived and worked in San Miguel for over 20 years, will show new oils, drawings and an ongoing series of small watercolors called “French Postcards”. Some of the paintings will be based on theatrical subjects (the painter is also active in local theater). The work will be up for two weeks, and opens Saturday May 18 with a reception for the artist and the public at the theater, from 5 to 7 pm.

Vermillion’s work is generally figurative–a mix of character studies, social and political themes and works he calls “Notes on the human comedy”. Another concern is the matter of clichés. “Clichés are what hold society together. Without old familiar images, we’d feel disoriented, lost. Think of John Wayne, beautiful sunsets, valentines. But in art, to me, clichés quickly become hackneyed and deadly, no matter how well done. About the only thing Warhol contributed to art was that he recognized that we’re saturated with commercial images: familiar clichés, and he reproduced them. Little critical or creative effort was involved. It’s much more interesting to start with what may be a familiar idea or image and make it into something different. Abstraction can do this, but leaves us, the viewer, with just color and composition, which is fine, but not enough. Art—painting–can do much more than that.”

Vermillion and his artist wife Britt Zaist are co-founders of Galeria Izamal, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and he owns Galeria Vermillion, also downtown in the Plaza Colonial at Canal 21


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