Energy still consumes artist Jim Touchton’s canvases. Looking at paintings planned for his “A Grand Affair” exhibit at Artists on Ashley this week, Touchton dwells less on subjects than in the past while increasing his dynamic approach to painted colors and brushstroke rhythms.
Viewers will find the suggested beach scenes, the frenetic clouds whirling above the foam-churning ocean waves, the beach drawing from and thrusting into both sky and water.
Visitors will also discover canvases that don’t so much imply a specific scene rather than spark the soul on a pure aesthetic level: the clash of opposing colors, the sublime euphoria of brushwork, the neighboring calm of gradations and complementary hues. The epic power of what appears to be a spontaneous moment ripped from time and nailed down by paint onto canvas.
Touchton came of age in South Georgia. Life and art carried him on many paths and journeys. He found a place in the New York art scene. He worked and showed his works in numerous metropolitan galleries, including the Fischbach. He became a protégé of the De Koonings, 20th century art titans. He’s enjoyed an international clientele for his work. He lived in the Hamptons.
In 2004, Touchton returned to his native Lowndes County. The visit became a return. Here, Touchton has displayed his work in various venues, including a rare, double-gallery showing at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts. He’s taught art classes. He shows works in other cities. He paints.
A Grand Affair, featuring the works of artist Jim Touchton.
When: 6-9 p.m., Friday, June 7, as part of Downtown Valdosta’s First Fridays.
Where: Artists on Ashley, 203 N. Ashley St.
The show will remain on exhibit throughout the month of June.