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Michael Reafsnyder

Marty Walker Gallery presents deftly boisterous abstract paintings by California artist Michael Reafsnyder for his first exhibition in Dallas, Texas. Part drip, smear, scrape, and drizzle, part color-field, purely intuitive, intellectual and largely frenetic, the nest of colors vibrate beyond the canvas and invite a playful entry. Layers of paint are drawn across the surface like strata of earth in different perspectives in vibrant, unblended hues, cut up and left on the canvas like scraps. Inspired by abstract expressionism, the paintings blend intuitive process with child-like discoveries of the COBRA avant-garde group, cleansing the angst and subconscious monsters with his ever-present, smiley-face signature.

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