Deep In The Heart
Texas Landscapes by Gay Gaddis
December 8, 2017 – January 31, 2018
Octavia Gallery is thrilled to present Deep
In The Heart by Gay Gaddis. The exhibition is the
artist’s third solo show, following two successful shows in New York City. It runs from December 8, 2017 to January 31, 2018.
The paintings included in this exhibition
feature stunning Texas Hill Country landscapes inspired by Gay Gaddis’
working Texas Longhorn ranch, The Double Heart, nestled in the grasslands and
canyons between the towns of Marble Falls and Burnet.
The Double Heart is Gaddis’ home, pride and
open-air studio. It serves as inspiration to capture the essence of the Texas
countryside and the symbolism of the Double Heart
brand—enduring passion, forging new trails, safe passage and journeys motivated
by love. In Gaddis’ landscapes, these themes are captured as nature’s elements
collide in bursts of color and layers of brush strokes to create the feeling of
big and ever-changing skies.
Gaddis has a deeply rooted belief that
nature informs our thinking and actions, so she takes her paint and canvas
outside on the ranch to surround herself with the very nature her art embodies.
The artist works from the top of the canvas
and paints down to the horizon to create landscapes that feel both rustic and
refined. Her paintings make you feel her physical presence at The Double Heart
through thousands of brush strokes that melt colors into each other.
Beyond being her inspiration and studio,
The Double Heart is a working Texas Longhorn ranch and family retreat. Along
with the Longhorn, the ranch is home to quarter horses, a
herd of Boer goats, Border Collies and abundant wildlife–deer, turkey, wild
hogs, coyotes, fox, ringtails, rattlesnakes and many more.
Gaddis’ art is a return to her truest
creative roots. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the
University of Texas in 1977 (she is now on the advisory council for the
University of Texas Fine Arts College), her creative impulse took her into the
world of advertising for almost 40 years (and counting). In that time, she
founded T3, which is now the largest U.S. advertising agency owned by a woman.
Texas Monthly recently named Gay as a Top 10 Artist to collect now, and she has
been featured in the acclaimed Page Magazine as one of the top 10 shows
to see in NYC.
Octavia Art Gallery's satellite location opened in Houston, Texas in
2014. The Houston location exhibits a curated selection of the gallery’s
represented artists along with emerging and mid-career Texas based artists.
For more information from the gallery,
Octavia Art Gallery – Houston
3637 W. Alabama, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77027
For media questions, contact:
Sandi Mendelson at Hilsinger Mendelson