Donald Archer and Lori Slater, independent artists, spouses and Cambria residents since 1992, will be featured at Cambria Center for the Arts in February.
Archer, born in Whittier and raised in the Southern California agricultural landscape, attended UC Santa Barbara and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree. He taught fine art at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.
In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and commercial galleries, Archer is a member emeritus of “The Oak Group.” His paintings have been featured in “American Artist” and “Southwest Art” magazines as well as six books. His work is included in public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.
He will exhibit mixed media paintings on canvas based on the California landscape and coast — colorful, with an abstract simplicity.
During the 50 years he has been painting, landscape has remained largely the basis of his work. Nonetheless, his subjects range from figures and urban scenes to very abstract. For Archer, process, composition and feeling are really the subject.
To quote Archer, “I am interested in finding the essence of my subject and in creating a bold, abstract structure to express it ... in images that evoke, rather than describe or narrate, through bold design and expressive line, color and shape.
“Above all, I love the process of painting. … I know that the painting is complete when it appears alive to me, and it has all but painted itself.”
Lori Slater grew up in San Jose, studied art extensively, attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara. Slater will present paintings which are imaginative motifs inspired by France, California and Mexico. “It is the Mediterranean mood that I wish to convey in the modern spirit,” she sayd, “through bold, simplified shapes and personal color harmonies.”
A professional artist for 32 years, Slater explores landscape in this exhibition. However, her most recurrent subject is still life. It has been said she turns everything into a still life, infusing it with “mysterious narratives, with common objects playing unusual roles, offering tales of strange journeys.”
To quote Slater, “My pictorial scenes have been described as land/seascapes of voids and emptiness, the buildings and interiors are surreal. Regenerative themes such as water, gardens, plants and fruit have been my most preoccupation. I like to combine bold flat shapes with rounded forms as the cubists did. Color, used provocatively and sensually, is my great joy. I see my work as most often contemplative and quite often playful.”
The more playful ones are uplifting and lyrical.
“The majority of my work is transparent watercolor on paper,” she explains. “The unusual richness of my work is achieved through glazing, or layering the paint. Some of my work is created using oil or acrylic on canvas, wood or paper.”
Slater has exhibited her paintings throughout California, in solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and has numerous juried exhibition awards. Her work is in public and private collections and publications such as “American Art Collector.”• • •
Cambria Center for the Arts
“Explorations and Moods” by Donald Archer & Lori Slater, Feb. 8 to March 3
Opening reception. Refreshments served, open to the public, no entry fee. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, Cambria Center for the Arts Gallery, 1350 Main St.
Archer and Slater will host their annual sale of their works at their home from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17, at 1888 Chester Lane. No reservation is necessary; the public is welcome to come by.