Tim Hazell and Marion Perlet Create “A Symbolist Bouquet”
By Kathleen Hudson
Two artists, born in Europe, educated in Canada, and living in San Miguel for over 25 years, will combine their lyrical canvases to create “A Symbolist Bouquet” at The Gallery, La Conexión, Aldama 3. The exhibition will run for several months. The Gallery, an intimate space in the beautiful colonial heart of Centro, is the perfect setting for this very personal retrospective by these distinctive international painters.
A Symbolist Bouquet
By Tim Hazell and Marion Perlet
Sat, Jun 18, 6pm
The Gallery, La Conexión, Aldama 3
A cocktail opening on Saturday, June 18, from 6 to 8 pm, will feature selections from a rich tableau of artworks in oils and acrylics. In addition, author/artist Tim Hazell will have four new books published by the Texas Heritage Music Foundation on display, including A Symbolist Bouquet. This compilation of original poetry features 20 color plates of paintings by him and Marion Perlet. The late German-Canadian painter had four successful shows at The Gallery before their last joint exhibition in September 2013. Marion lived life to the full during a spectacular creative career spanning four decades.
Both Hazell and Perlet are painters who evolved distinct approaches to their craft. Shown together, their works exude a particular collective ambience. Although the artists’ influences were equally eclectic and diverse, the two styles converge. Ms. Perlet created in a genre that may be described as a combination of symbolist and naif. She achieved a commanding presence in numerous distinguished private collections. Her eccentric, charismatic, and outspoken personality set her apart. Marion was as ebullient as her colorful canvases, a “presence” coveted by aficionados and friends alike and an ardent supporter of animals and their welfare.
Symbolist painting constituted a revival of mystical inclinations in the Romantic tradition. Painters of the movement included Gustav Klimt, Odilon Redon, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Henri Fantin-Latour, and Frida Kahlo. Painters of this genre used myths, motifs, and symbols associated with dream imagery—intensely subjective, private, and frequently oblique. Largely a reaction against naturalism and realism’s attempts to represent day-to-day grit, symbolism favored spirituality and flights of the imagination.
Naif or “naïve” art before the 20th century was a genre that developed from innate talent with as little formal intervention, training, or degree as possible. This is no longer accurate; naif is now a fully recognized art movement with its own academies, represented in art galleries worldwide.
Marion’s work joins that of the greatest naif painter, Henri Rousseau, as worthy of lasting value and museum status. The terms “naïvism” and “primitivism” have also been applied to sophisticated professional painters working in the style of naif art, such as Paul Gauguin and Paul Klee.
Tim Hazell had this to say about his new book, A Symbolist Bouquet: “In order to make the poetry as vigorous as possible, I’ve combined unusual layouts, tight minimalist verse, longer lyric pieces, French, patois, and characteristic slang. I’d like encounters with this compilation to be provocative, because I believe that poetry as a medium should always have the potential to generate excitement. I hope that this collection provides as variegated an experience for readers as the name implies.”
Professor of Fine Arts and Director of Art at the Instituto Allende from 1998 to 2001, Hazell creates paintings that reflect native, ethnic, and contemporary directions with numerous exhibitions and private collections in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Europe.
Rituales (Rituals), a film based on his epic poetry, premiered in February 2016 at Bellas Artes for the San Miguel Writers’ Conference. Water, fire, wind, and earth were brought to life with acting, choreography, shimmering set designs, and multi-camera effects.
Tim is a co-composer and project director of original works for ensemble and piano. He is Vice President of Pro Musica, Director of Music Education Outreach, Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason, the Pro Musica San Miguel Student Orchestra, and a founding member of the Bajio Repertory Theater Company.
“A Symbolist Bouquet” kicks off in style on Saturday, June 18, with an artist reception at The Gallery, La Conexión, Aldama 3, from 6 to 8pm. The public is cordially invited to attend the unique and colorful retrospective. Upcoming events, including a book signing, private party, film screening, and a gallery talk, will be announced during the summer months.