November 6 - December 2, 2021
From Archway Gallery:
“Archway Gallery presents Colors of a Place, featuring new paintings and mixed media collages by Harold Joiner, on view November 6 through December 2, 2021. The artist will be present to visit with guests on opening day, Saturday, November 6, from 2:00 p.m. through the opening reception, and will talk about his works at 6:30 p.m.
The exhibition’s title refers to the American Southwest. Having grown up in New Mexico, Joiner has had a lifelong love for the region. Deserts have a beauty of their own kind; Joiner has traveled through, and lived in, some of the world’s notable deserts. “As much as I love the visual lushness of the coastal regions, there’s a sense of openess in the desert landscape and a reductive abstract beauty that is captivating to many,” he says.
Joiner uses color, line, and shape to convey his inspiration. The land is wide, horizontal, and undulates in ever-receding layers before one’s eyes. The colors of this place are rich and include not only the actual colors of the land, but also the colors of its history and culture: the earth colors of the pueblo, the blacks and terra cottas of the regional pottery, and the ubiquitous turquoise that is seen everywhere – as itself and as a pervasive pigment applied to just about anything.
The exhibition includes abstract landscapes that play on the region’s land forms and small, multi-media collages that take a cue from the Native American jewelry identified with the region. Also included in the exhibition are paintings inspired by Chaco Canyon’s Pueblo Bonito, built in the period from approximately 850 to 1130 CE, by the people commonly referred to as the Anasazi. Joiner visited there for the first time in late 2019, and he said, “Even though I grew up in the state and had visited numerous other ancient sites, I had never been to Chaco Canyon. The place greatly inspired me, and now I can cross it off my bucket list.”
Joiner is an architect by profession and a graduate of Texas Tech University. His professional projects included numerous corporate, hotel, and institutional projects in Houston, other cities in the United States, and abroad. He lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for ten years, working first for Saudi Aramco in its properties division and then for a private firm with offices in Saudi Arabia and Cairo, Egypt. He traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, as well as South and Southest Asia. Returning to Houston in late 2001, he opted to induldge a lifelong interest in painting. His paintings have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the greater Houston region, and are owned by collectors across the United States and Canada.”
Reception: November 6, 2021 | 2–7 pm
Houston, 77006 TX
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