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Watercolor, wax and worldly wonder will inspire the canvases of the latest exhibit at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery this November, titled “Expressions: Two Artists. Two Visions.” From November 1-29, 2014, new works from Brad Ellis and Cody Hooper will be on display and showcase each artist’s unique process for creating astonishing works. Neiman Marcus department stores have commissioned several works of Brad Ellis’ that hang in their stores throughout the US and Cody Hooper’s work has been featured in prestigious national art publications.

“Each of these artists’ work really moves me. Their intensive creative processes yield amazing results and we have a hard time keeping their work in the gallery for too long. Collectors have been asking to see more from these two, so we are looking forward to sharing some of their latest pieces in this exhibit,” says Lisa Russell, owner of the Russell Collection. The carefully curated exhibit will feature new work from New Mexican-based Cody Hooper, as well as Dallas-based artist Brad Ellis. An artists’ reception will take place Saturday, November 8 from 6-9 pm at the West 6th Street gallery and all art is available for acquisition.

About the Artists:   

Painter Brad Ellis’s studio in Dallas is home to his labor-intensive process that often takes weeks to create a single piece. Encaustic paint is heated to a liquid state and after application to the surface, is fused with a heat source for bonding. Combining this technique with oil paint and collages results in textured surfaces that keep the eye venturing over wisps of colors and seemingly random patterns.

Most of Cody Hooper’s artistic inspiration is drawn from nature and textured materials. Coming from a watercolor background, he enjoys painting abstract oils in layers. He thins paint and use glazes for transparency; he lets the textures and colors build with each layer. “At times I like to create work that has amazing depth and under-glowing effects to evoke a certain richness missing in abstract art today.”

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: Personal appearances and a reception with Ellis and Hooper will take place on Saturday, November 8 from 6-9 p.m. RSVP Requested. Art will be available for acquisition and will be signed by the artist. “Expressions” runs November 1-29, 2014