Omni Contemporary Art Gallery continues its exhibition season on Saturday, June 6, 2015. This latest exhibition will feature the works of two artists:
Anthony Barboza was born 1944 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, with roots originating from Cape Verde, Barboza’s wide-ranging traditional and innovative works have been exhibited in public and private galleries, museums and educational institutions worldwide. He is well known for his photographs of jazz musicians during the 1970's - 80's. He says,“When I do a portrait, I’m doing a photograph of how that person feels to me; how I feel about the person, not how they look. I find that in order for the portraits to work, we have to make a mental connection as well as an emotional one.”
Barboza’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Newsweek, Business Week, TV Guide, National Geographic, Town and Country, Vanity Fair, People, Esquire, Elle, Vogue, McCalls, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Ebony, Black Enterprise, and the New York Times Sunday Magazine, among dozens of others.
Eric Alugas was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He studied painting at the University of New Orleans, and was awarded a scholarship to l’Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux Arts, in Montpellier and Paris, France. He remained in Paris for many years, exhibiting there and throughout Europe, before returning to the United States.
Alugas works with ideas from myths and folklore, arts and philosophy and the concrete elements of painting: the canvas, gesso, paint, the brushstroke, and splashes of paint. Each painting, or series of paintings, is an essay, or meditation, which explores both its subject matter and the very nature of the painting materials. Each calls for, shatters, pushes and pulls against the other, like strands woven to form a tapestry of meaning. The result is a painting, a concept to be read.