One Grand Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Omar Gonzales, entitled New Works, featuring paintings on panel and works on paper. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, June 3rd, 2016, for which the artist will be in attendance.
Experimenting with shape, line and color, California native Omar Gonzales paints intricate patterns that hypnotize the viewer. A combination of straight lines, hard edges, organic shapes and curvilinear forms, Gonzales’ maze-like compositions act as a visual embodiment of organized chaos.
With meticulous detail and attention to symmetry, it might come as a surprise to learn that Gonzales’ works are rarely planned, and his process is completely organic. Beginning each work with several shapes and colors, the artist intuitively adds to the work, allowing the composition to come together naturally until he finds a rhythm. This approach to art making provides the artist an escape from the stresses of reality, fully invested in the layering process.
As a means of introspection and self meditation, Gonzales’ creative process is analogous to the ancient practice of mandala meditation. His method is therapeutic, allowing a release of stress or anxiety through contemplation. A part of Gonzales is captured within each piece, and the essence of his psyche is preserved. Through the geometric intricacies of his work, Gonzales produces a modern mandala with influences from urban life.
In addition to participating in several group shows at One Grand Gallery, Ready to Die (2014) and Love It or Leave It (2014), Gonzales’ work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions around San Francisco and New York City. Omar Gonzales currently lives and works in San Francisco.