Peltz Gallery Presents Warrington Colescott
89-year-old Colescott displays 2008-2009 watercolors that interweave his love
for history and creative narrative, as seen in his painting Jefferson and Bonaparte Cut a Deal. This
vivid and satirical depiction of the Louisiana Purchase led to a series of
full-sheet watercolors based on the subsequent Lewis and Clark
expedition. Colescott portrays that treacherous and amazing journey across America to the
Pacific coast through a dozen large-scale images.
heavyweight Arches papers with figures, interiors, exteriors, landscapes,
movements and minute details in opaque and transparent colors. Charcoal
drawings underlay the paintings, which are then highlighted with varying
thicknesses of ink. When adding depth to specific areas, like a blond head of
hair or interior ornamentation, Colescott sometimes applies oil crayon or
pastel to the watercolors.
frequently illustrate historical situations, sometimes through altered
perceptions, incorporating Colescott’s own interpretation of the past while
also referencing contemporary political and social culture. Two very
imaginative watercolors, Fish Eaters and
Fish Eaters II, display a variety of
human and marine life patronizing eateries while enjoying fish
delicacies—Colescott’s witty and wondrous campaign to promote eating the
healthy seafood that he relished when he lived in the Pacific Northwest.
Spend time carefully studying, then smiling over, each image in this singular exhibit. Every detail shows Colescott’s irreverent perspective on America in vibrant and eccentric worlds that radiate intelligence. Distinctly different from the upcoming MAM print exhibition, these watercolors could be the best history lesson you get all summer.