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New Paintings by Minás Konsolas
The Creative Alliance at the Patterson
Amalie Rothschild Gallery
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD
On view: November 6 – 28, 2015

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Minás Konsolas’ new paintings advance his past self-developed style. His works build abstract compositions that result in beautiful recognizable places. Foremost, he is a deft colorist, with a strong connection to post-impressionist artists. A self-described romantic, he makes enticing paintings that appeal to a broad public.

For this exhibition, Konsolas, an avid fan of poetry, asked six literary friends to write one sentence about each painting which is then shown along side the work, taking the painting’s narrative in differing directions.  These writers include David Beaudouin, Betsy Boyd, Tracy Dimond, Amanda Fiore, Nancy Murray, Alan Reese, and Gina Caruso.

Konsolas develops his canvases by adding and eliminating multiple layers of paint, creates textured images by scraping and smearing. This process allows him to paint and draw at the same time.

Konsolas was born in Greece and has lived in Baltimore since 1976, where he graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. He is the former owner of Minás Gallery, an outlet for poetry, both visual and verbal. The gallery, one of Baltimore’s alternative art spaces, was located above his vintage clothing boutique in Hampden. It was a gathering spot for local artists, writers and performers for twenty-two years.

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Photos of the exhibition and opening reception by Jack Livingston.
Images of the paintings provided by the artist.

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