HOPE GANGLOFF: Icicle Weeds on Monterey Bay
Closing Date01 November 2019
Two years ago Hope Gangloff was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to paint the formidable environmentalist and Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Julie Packard.
The experience turned the artist's attention towards nature and the environment celebrated in multiple sketches and paintings of the California coastline, Mount Monadnock site of a recent MacDowell residency, and Mount Beacon near her new home. These paintings memorialize places that carry meaning for the artist both personally and professionally. In turn, the genre allows for explorations of color theory, form, and scale as evidenced in the rhythmic patterning of the lush undergrowth of Icicle Weeds on Monterey Bay/Spring. What emerges is a new body of work that reveals Gangloff’s command of subject matter, and her skill as a keen observer of people and nature alike.
Gangloff’s turn to landscape painting consciously drives home the beauty and solace to be found in nature and the vital importance of preserving this place.