There will be no scoffing at rustic meals in favor of lavish metropolitan fare, and nothing to drive you from the fine life back to your simple country ways, either. This isn’t Aesop’s “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.” But it is Town & Country, a pop-up exhibit of landscapes and cityscapes by local artists Jonathan Keeton and Bradley Reyes. The artists — both Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists 2019 fellows — join forces for an exhibit featuring their work. Keeton’s landscapes capture scenes of nature in the predawn and early morning hours, when stillness, quietude, and a sense of magic are in the air. Reyes creates thickly rendered paintings of urban landscapes around the world, which evoke a sense of the cultures they represent.
Keeton has had an eclectic career, much of it spent in the digital visual-effects field, working in movies, television, and commercials. Trained as a painter, he returned to his passion for art and creates lush, near-photorealistic compositions in watercolors, gouaches, and acrylics. “The demands of life and career mean for many people that they lose touch with the rich beauty of the world,” he said in a statement.
Reyes spent years in the corporate environment of banking and consulting firms in New York City before returning to his childhood love of making things. He first studied sculpture in New York and Italy, but as a painter, he’s self-taught. His richly textured cityscapes capture the spirit of metropolitan centers in Spain, Italy, the United States, and other locales.
Town & Country opens with a 4 p.m. reception at JoBar 818 Studio (818 Camino Sierra Vista) on Friday, May 3, and is on view through May 12. The show is open for viewing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends and by appointment Tuesday through Thursday. Call or text 323-351-5439. Visit reyesfineart.com for more information.