Last night at Gremillion Gallery in Houston we were treated to a very special experience listening to a presentation by artist, Philip Tarlow. He used all the latest tricks in technology to help us understand his process as an artist. His presentation was terrific. He ended with a video clip that caught him dancing a traditional Greek dance called zeybek (my friend says they do it in Turkey too). He does this dance as a celebration of the completion of his work.
Today Philip lives with his lovely wife, Mikela, in a rural part of Colorado called North Crestone Creek. He walks three miles from his home to a stream where he paints, winter or summer, with water icy or fast flowing.
The seasonal atmosphere is apparent in his work. He paints small studies by the stream, and then brings them to the studio where they inspire his larger work.
Philip has a range of talent as an artist; through the years he has moved from portraiture, to realist landscapes, to the abstracted images he is so excited about painting today.
The real excitement comes when walking up to the second floor exhibition space at Gremillion and being surrounded by the beauty of Philip’s present body of work. It is vibrant – yet soothing, powerful – yet peaceful, and you are visually pulled from painting to painting, and back around again, seeing more in each piece with every visit to it’s canvas. The images of his work below do not do justice to the real things. His exhibition looks so at home in the space, it is worth a look. Gremillion Gallery 2501 Sunset – on display until mid-January – ask for Chris Skidmore.