The Tenants Show
The Art Studio Inc. was founded as a nonprofit corporation in 1983 by artists to encourage other artists to practice their disciplines in Southeast Texas. On display in the month of September is its annual Tenants Show highlighting the work of 15 artists who have studio space there.
Among a number of impressive pieces on display, the large canvases by the newest tenant command instant attention. Abby McLaurin has only been in town for a little over two months but her breathtaking artistry has already energized the Beaumont art scene.
A native of Charlotte, N.C., she studied at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., and previously worked in Fort Worth. Although still at the beginning of her career, she has already received critical acclaim.
Wes Chester, curator of the Martha Pace Swift Gallery in San Diego, said, “Abigail McLaurin’s figures hold the razors edge of tension in a shadowy world between the certainty of the strong black line and emergent luminosity that makes them appear lit from within. Her canvases are gripping and visceral, pulling us into the darkness, to world of half-resolved forms, the paint worked with deliberate violence.”
The Tenants Show will remain on display through Sept. 29.
– James Shannon