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Ron Kingswood    Apr 5 - Apr 28, 2012

Ron Kingswood
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This exhibition of recent paintings will be Ron Kingswood first exhibition with Odon Wagner Contemporary, taking place May 5-28, 2012. The painting Dendroica is featured at left, and on the cover of our exhibition catalogue.

"...to title a painting Dendroica, does not intimate that the viewer is expected to be expert in ornithology. Dendroica—I had to look this up—refers to “a genus of New World Warbler, family: Parulidae,” with, needless to say, colourful plumage. I don’t know if there are blue Dendroicas, but I bet there are. The point is, whatever the relationship to Kingswood’s work of that lyrical name (if any), the big blue painting so titled is remarkably open-handed, buoyant, persuasively aerial in effect. Its expansiveness lifts the heart—in rather the same way a descent of birdsong from the sky would (see, for example, Shelley’s To a Skylark: “From rainbow clouds there flow not / Drops so bright to see, / As from thy presence showers a rain of melody….”).

- Excerpted from Artist in Resonance: Recent Paintings by Ron Kingswood an introductory essay by Gary Michael Dault (2012)

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