showcases works by
DANIEL BRICE and JONATHAN CROSS
From February 2 to 24, Bentley Gallery will feature the work of two artists; Daniel Brice and Jonathan Cross. The opening reception will be held on Friday, February 2, from 6 – 9 p.m.
We spoke with Bentley Calverley, owner and director of Bentley Gallery to gain her perspective on both artists and their works currently on view.
“Daniel evokes the essence of the landscape he sees and renders it by color and line,” explains Calverley. “His work is atmospheric.” The artist successfully reveals abstracted landscapes of sky and sea, his color planes implying vast spatial expanses of a constantly shifting visual field.
“Brice often paints on burlap which he sometimes leaves alone so the texture is evident, but sometimes he applies so much paint that areas become smooth,” Calverley shares. The textures of his canvases vary within a single piece. Some areas are thickly worked, drawing the eye to the layers of oil paint used, while other under-painted areas intentionally highlight the untreated edges of stretched burlap.
Inspired by the light, color and space of Southern California’s coastal landscape, Brice’s paintings hold a translucent glow alongside solid blocks and strips of color. His work often stretches across multiple panels, gently easing his work into sculptural territory.
Daniel Brice attended California State University, Long Beach. He was an Artist-in-Residence at Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 2011, 2009, 2006, and 2004. His work is included in the collections of Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania, Ohio Wesleyan University Museum, Smith College, California Endowment and the Park Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco. Brice currently lives and works in La Crescenta, California.
Cross’ exhibition, titled Earth, Ash Fire, calls to mind forgotten scraps of industrial machines and planetary surfaces, walking the line between natural and unnatural.”Jonathan’s work is definitely earth bound,” Calverley adds. “His abstract sculptures are an intriguing blend of geometric and organic.”
The sculptor demonstrates the force of fire and reshapes nature by his finishing processes. Calverley explains, *Cross relies on fire to randomly give his work texture. Because it is wood-fired, ash not only settles on the sculpture, but the heat also alters what was originally a smooth clay surface. It’s a natural process.”
To make these objects, Cross first assembles raw clay, and then slowly deposits patinas of wood or soda ash on each piece during the firing process, creating aged and natural colors. Post-firing, he etches lines and shapes into the surface.
Cross received his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Arizona State University, Herberger Institute for Design and Art in 2014. He has taught ceramics and sculpture courses at Arizona State University and soda and wood firing at Mesa Arts Center. He also assisted renowned ceramic artist Don Reitz at his ranch in Cottonwood, Arizona. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the Southwest, including Dallas, Los Angeles and Phoenix.
The opening reception will be held on Friday, February 2, from 6 – 9 p.m.
Daniel Brice and Jonathan Cross Exhibition
February 2 – 24
215 East Grant Street, Phoenix