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First Friday at the Factory - Fused Exhibition

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The Compassion Factory

9210 Broadway Avenue

Brookfield, IL 60513

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"Fused" Art Exhibit featuring Bala Thiagarajan, Rita Skarha & Peter Steeves.

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"Fused" Art Exhibit featuring Bala Thiagarajan, Rita Skarha & Peter Steeves

Opening reception: Friday December 6th 7-10pm

about the artists:Bala - Born and brought up in Chennai, India, I have a passion for colors and patterns that are inspired by the Indian culture. I started my art career when I combined the techniques of henna body art, kolams & rangolis, to create free-hand textured paintings in 2012....to ready more about Bala visit our website.

Rita - Having spent the first half of my working life dedicated to using market research to help my clients better understand their brands and advertising, I am now shifting my focus to exploring my own creativity through designing and creating works of art. I've found that the creativity I bring forward in my art also makes me a more effective "out of the box" thinker in my market research analyses.

Peter-Peter M. Steeves, who lives and works in Valparaiso, IN, is a self-taught artist with a career that has spanned over thirty years exhibiting throughout the Chicagoland area. He is currently the Gallery Chairman for the Elmhurst Artist Guild Gallery located in the Elmhurst Art Museum. His artwork includes elements of primitive symbolic and postmodern realism focusing on the emotion of images and pointillistic, dot patterns. The subjects of the paintings are pulled from his subconscious and transferred to the canvas to allow both artist and viewer to analyze the meaning.

Unlike pointillist artists like Seurat, Signac and Van Gogh, who employed dots of paint (points) to create soft, impressionist images, Steeves’ pointillistic style has evolved to be more akin to Australian Aboriginal art. Steeves explained, “What started out as an homage to the Australian Aboriginal art method of dot painting has grown to have a life of its own through my eyes and paints. The dots went from being the background of traditional paintings to the focus of my paintings.” This is evident in “Dusk Dreaming,” a warm, ethereal composition in blue, green, white, black and purple that Steeves painted while working in Melbourne, Australia.

The dot patterns invoke a dream-like impression of the subject, allowing the viewer to focus on the emerging repetitious patterns. The multicolor dot patterns are captivating, warm and personal. The points provide movement to the sky, waves and water. The absence of points, negative space, is used to create a tree, cloud, human or architectural figure, as employed in “Night Forest II” and “The Long Way,” which evoke a forest after a fire, with blackened bare trees and a rich, vibrant undergrowth unleashed by the devastating, but nourishing, fire.

Steeves’ work brings out the imagery of our forgotten dreams. "When we dream, there are no good or bad dreams; your imagination runs free. Images that you recognize when awake take on different, deeper meanings in slumber. When you awake, you wish you could see, hear, or feel what you just experienced but you are left with a mere fragment," Steeves mused. “My goal is to permit viewers to explore their own sub-conscience as they are torn back to reality from a dream. The driving force behind my art is that it is cheaper than therapy for both the artist and the collectors!” Steeves admitted with a hearty laugh.

Guests will be able to experience work from November 21st 2019 - December 21st 2019

Admission to this exhibit is FREE and open to the public.Checkout our website for more information www.compassionfactory.com

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