Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present SMILE, a selection of mixed media paintings by Earl McBride. These abstract paintings are an expression of McBride’s personal distress caused by the current political climate.
In SMILE, McBride questions whether smiling really signifies happiness. In an era of selfies and social media, McBride is not concerned with creating an illusion of happiness through his paintings but rather confronting the prevalent current of despair. For him the layers of mark-making address the emotional turmoil of living in Trump’s America.
McBride’s large-scale paintings are bold and impulsive. Using spray paint, lithography grease pencils, thick oil paint straight from the tube, colored pencil, graphite, gold and silver dust, and enamel marker, McBride transforms each blank surface into fields of discordant colors and shapes.
Receiving his bachelor’s degree from Otis College of Art and Design, McBride spent many years working in art galleries before graduate studies in painting and drawing at the University of New Mexico. He has exhibited in Los Angeles, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. McBride currently lives and works in Albuquerque.
Images for this exhibition can be found on our website www.levygallery.com.
Dates: June 14–August 9, 2019
Reception: June 22, 6–8 pm
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Location: 514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Contact: 505.766.9888, email@example.com, www.levygallery.com @levygallery