Rincon LowTide: Stanley Boydston

Jun 8 - Aug 10, 2021

NVA's viewing room is pleased to present a curated selection of Rincon LowTide, a series of abstract paintings by the American contemporary artist Stanley Boydston.

Contact : salut@werthenomads.com

  • Stanley Boydston, 1959, Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA, Tribal member of the Cherokee Nation; began painting at two from the hand of his grandmother, herself an oil painter. His first influences were living during 60’s psychedelia, growing up in Texas, Peter Max and Salvador Dali. He studied art and botany at The University of Texas in Austin. Stanley began to prioritize color and line in a Madrid studio during the early 1980’s. An artist who was prominent in Madrid during, “La Movida Madrileña,” Stanley was the only painter from the USA with a studio; living and exhibiting that important decade in the Spanish capital. Moving to New York in 1992 and California soon after, where he now lives. 

  • In his 1987 catalogue essay, “Stanley, A Painter With An Eccentric Destiny,” Francisco Calvo Serraller, former director of the Prado Museum, described Stanley’s work this way, “...the language of comic, certain elements of pop, acid stains of spray, the simplified use of lines as in (Rauol)Dufy...”. Three decades later, all these elements are still there in the artist’s work yet they have all become extremely coded with an emphasis on “line quality” that has lost all its baroqueness, in favor of a more direct communication with (line) itself. Integral to this connection is a surf break,” near my studio: “Rincon.” On the county line between Ventura and Santa Barbara, California, this “point break,” is known for having the appearance of a “ladder,” with (straight) lines of oncoming waves that climb upward towards the horizon.

  • Works

  • My current investigation in painting is a questioning of my own lifelong interest in baroque line and drawing. At some point in early 2019, I decided to no longer make a curved line of any kind in my paintings. My subject matter for several years previous had been one of the most interesting surf spots in the world: “Rincon.” In California, on the county line between Ventura and Santa Barbara, this, “point break,” is known for having the appearance of a, “ladder,” of lines that climb upward towards the horizon. As a child of the 70’s, it’s easy for me to pick out the brightest, most challenging and exaggerated color of a sunset that I’ve seen over the Pacific Ocean to start with. I’ll let the intensity of that color dictate tone and space for the rest of the work. My personal desire within that initial, “seed of intensity,” seems to be balancing an extreme realism with abstraction. As an example of this I can point to, “primitives,” like Grandma Moses or Camille Bombois, where horizontal depictions become, “stacked,” - space and volume becomes palpable, almost like a mental filing cabinet: wide open – yet a very intimate view into artist’s head.