Hazel & Perlet: “A Symbolist Bouquet”

By Janell Meador

Two artists, born in Europe, educated in Canada, living in San Miguel de Allende for over 20 years, both working in figurative, symbolist images, create a bouquet of images to fascinate and enthrall. The Gallery presents Tim Hazel and Marion Perlet, opening on Friday, September 6.

Hazel & Perlet: “A Symbolist Bouquet”
Fri, Sep 6, 4-9pm
The Gallery
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At The Gallery, Marion Perlet has had four successful shows in 2013. For “A Symbolist Bouquet,” she will be revealing a major work titled “Artist in the Studio.”

Perlet says, “Everyone has said: Where have you been hiding this?” The large self-portrait depicts the artist, on a ladder, painting a mannequin. A second painting in this exhibition, “Life is Good,” places a beauty bathing in a tub, on the beach, shaded by a palm tree. Life certainly does look good … wonderful … ahhhh.

Tim Hazel says, “Marion Perlet is a great international painter, an original talent.” She is from the school of painters who invent everything from their inner life, their own imagination. It is a sophisticated approach coming from a folkloric tradition. “In Marion’s case,” says Hazel, “she has an acute awareness of Renaissance and the Modern Art movement.”

Tim Hazel, director of art at the Instituto Allende from 1998-2001, is a widely published poet, essayist, recording artist, composer and a painter. His visual arts catalogue reflects native and contemporary influences with over 60 exhibitions worldwide. His work is in private collections in Canada, the United States, Mexico, South America and Europe.

For “A Symbolist Bouquet,” Hazel brings large oil paintings as well as smaller works on paper. “The Singer” is a space screen on black gesso, the line drawing done in white oil paint, with touches of bright color. The background is divided by the drawing, with the use of calligraphy as accent. The work is inspired by the street musicians who play for passersby in cities every day. Hazel also employs animal motifs. “It is about the enigma of relationships between humans and animals,” says Hazel. “The animal may be a spiritual companion, or maybe the muse.”

Many cultures include the tree as a mythic central figure depicting the source of all life. Tim Hazel has worked with the image in a series of pieces throughout his career. “I have always been drawn to the fecundity of the ‘Tree of Life’ image: the tree giving birth, being the progenitor of all things,” says Hazel. “It is a very comforting image. In modern society, we still look to trees for comfort – even in metropolitan areas, we must have our green spaces.” Hazel’s latest “Tree of Life” oil painting is full of color, myth, and metaphor. Human forms springing from the treetop, a couple making a connection under the tree, and of course, birds and fish. “I have always thought of birds as fish of the sky,” says Hazel, “and fish as birds of the sea.”

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