Featuring Mixed Media Paintings by Cookie Wells and Wood Furniture by Tom Wells
Cookie and Tom Wells’ Double Vision, will be on view May 4 – 30, 2019. The artists will be available to visit with guests during the opening reception on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 5 – 8 p.m. with an Artists’ Talk at 6:30 p.m.
Known for her paintings of the figure, Cookie Wells takes a departure into nature and organic abstraction. This direction started with her last show and the collaboration with Tom, her woodworking husband who will display recently created pieces of his stunning furniture. Cookie thinks some of her inspiration comes from the beautiful patterns in Tom’s veneer and the wonderful lines in his wood. During quiet walks along the oak tree-lined streets of their neighborhood, Cookie began observing the sculptural qualities of the large trees. She also views the figures in her paintings as sculptural shapes and integrates the figure with sculptural nature in some of the exhibition pieces.
Another departure for Cookie in these new works is the absence of strong color. Lead by nature, the artist painted these pieces in neutral palettes, directing the viewer’s focus to composition and texture, rather than color.
Cookie Wells is also strongly influenced by fractals in nature and by scientific fractal analysis performed on over 50 of the paintings of Jackson Pollock. Pollock created those pieces by pouring paint directly onto horizontal canvases. Cognitive neuroscientists have shown that the fractals created by Pollock’s technique induce the same stress-reduction in viewers as computer-generated fractals and fractals found in nature. Another method of creating fractal-like patterns is a painting technique called “decalcomania” which involves pressing paint between two surfaces then pulling them apart; Max Ernst is one well-known artist who experimented with this technique. Cookie wells, primarily an Alla Prima style painter, has found this style of painting intriguing.
After retirement, both Cookie and Tom were able to focus on their respective interests. Cookie continues her artistic endeavors with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Glassell School of Art and Archway Gallery while Tom turned their garage into a woodworking shop and began building furniture. Pieces built for friends led to referrals and expanding opportunities led to learning new techniques, crafting new pieces, and making new friends.
Cookie Wells is a long time member of the Watercolor Art Society of Houston, the Southern Watercolor Society, and the Honor Society of Watercolor U.S.A. She has painted in water medium for thirty eight years and is appreciative of Tom’s continued encouragement and support. Cookie Wells is honored and delighted that her husband, Tom Wells, is her artistic partner for their second Archway Gallery exhibition.
2019/05/04 - 2019/05/30
Additional time info:
Artist talk is at 6:30 p.m. on May 4 with both artists present.