PRLog - Feb. 11, 2013 - LORTON, Va. -- Lorton, VA—Visit Studio 4 at the Workhouse Arts Center and you will find artists John Gascot and Mary Gallagher-Stout, also known as The Art Monkeys, painting their hearts out in preparation for their upcoming exhibit. With City Works, the collaborative art duo aim to explore urban life, culture and architecture. While the studio artists currently reside and create in suburban Northern Virginia, they have lived in cities and continue to fall under their spell.
Neon Summer, acrylic on canvas, 40x30"
“There is nothing like the vibrant mosaic of a city.” says Gascot. “Cities are diverse and ever-changing…
Individually, John and Mary’s styles are distinctively different. MG is best known for her colorful and energetic brush-work, while Gascot’s signature style combines saturated color fields with bold lines. Together, the pair executes a unique style that is expressive and fluid. They refer to their paintings as “ongoing conversations.”
The Art Monkeys’ current conversation on city life began some months back while working on their first children’s book, USA to Z: Artful ABC’s for Kids of All Ages. The interactive alphabet book comprised of colorful city renderings was published by Sunbury Press in late November. Several of the small original paintings featured in USA to Z will also be on exhibit and for sale during the show.
Free and open to the public during Studio 4’s normal business hours, Wednesday to Saturday from 11-7 pm and Sunday from noon – 5 pm, the City Works exhibit runs from Saturday, March, 9 – Sunday, March 31, 2012. An opening reception and book signing will take place on Saturday, March 9, from 6 to 9 pm in Studio 4 of the Workhouse Arts Center, which is located at 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA, 22079.
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The Art Monkeys
As the dynamic art duo The Art Monkeys, studio-mates MG Stout and John Gascot create unique mixed media works of art. The Art Monkeys believe that art—and artful things—belong in every home. That art should be FUN! That artists should never take themselves too seriously. That art is for EVERYBODY. It is their mission to make art that is accessible, and to explore its potential for social change. www.TheArtMonkeys.com
USA to Z: Artful ABC's for Kids of All Ages
Published by Sunbury Press, The Art Monkeys' current release offers an artful exploration of American cities and inspires a love of language and geography in a colorful and creative way.
Workhouse Arts Center
A vibrant cultural community is home to over 100 of the region’s finest professional and emerging artists. They offer arts education programs, performance venues, gallery space, event facilities and more. www.WorkhouseArts.org