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The Oaxaca Series

By Susan Santiago

Galería San Francisco is currently featuring a new body of work by artist Robert Merrill Sweeny entitled “The Oaxaca Series.” Robert “Bo” Sweeny is a lifelong artist. He has recently become a permanent resident of San Miguel after visiting for the better part of two decades. He holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has studied with many wonderful artists including Adrian Deckbar, Jane Dill, Harry Callahan, Dale Chihuly, Greg Newington, and Ron Pokrasso.

“The Oaxaca Series”
By Robert Merrill Sweeny
Until Apr 10
Galería San Francisco
San Francisco 1, 2nd floor

Reminiscent of the American Precisionist artist Charles Sheeler, Sweeny’s past work focused on the dramatic effects of sunlight on the architecture of San Miguel. These works with their emphasis on lights, darks, and shadows are precise renditions of many buildings in San Miguel and are executed in acrylic with color pencil overlay. He has also created a series based on urban graffiti found on the walls of San Miguel.

The artist’s work was recently selected from thousands of entries to be featured in AcrylicWorks 4, The Best of Acrylic Painting, published by Northlight Books, to be released on March 15.

His continuing fascination with graffiti and urban art as well as a great appreciation of the graphic artists of Oaxaca combine to form this new body of work. Don’t miss this exciting exhibit which will be featured through April 10.


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