WALLACE PECK

Wallace Peck paints at the Open Door Studio in Grandview, Ohio… a program for developmentally challenged artists.

On the surface of his paintings lines and fields of color mix to form large, abstracted figures. His process has evolved over time, but he currently prefers to paint a background first, using various layers of color, often shades of blues and grays.  When he is pleased with the overall design, Wallace uses a paint marker to sketch in figures or other imagery. He then apply thin layers of paint to build up the subject matter.  Lastly, he adds other details using paint and various markers.  

Wallace paints  “people I know, people I trust”…. also celebrities, buildings and animals (mostly dogs).  

STEPHEN SABO , April 1- May 25, 2013

 

Columbus Alive article on the exhibit:

By Jackie Mantey

From the April 4, 2013 edition

“Stephen Sabo, 1903-2002” at Lindsay Gallery

April 5-May 25

lindsaygallery.com

Lindsay Gallery’s owner Duff Lindsay often gets inquiries from antique pickers about the value of art items they have purchased. Sometimes they’ve found something valuable, most times not. When he went to look at the life’s work of a deceased Columbus woodcarver, artwork that had been sitting in boxes in basements for years, he didn’t hold his breath.

Good thing. The art was going to knock that air from him anyway.

“You can imagine my shock when I saw Stephen Sabo’s work laid out on tables,” Lindsay said. “It was literally breath taking.”

Sabo, who died in 2002 at age 99, was a factory linesman from Columbus who sculpted animals and religious stories out of pieces of wood he found in alleyways by his home (his family remembers him buying a piece of wood for an artwork only once).

His decades-worth of sculptures is a reflection of his outdoorsman interests — he operated a taxidermy service with his brothers in the 1930s — and his life history — a tableaux of coal miners references Sabo leaving school at age 14 to work in a mine to provide for his family. Sabo had no art training, just a lot of technical skill and pure creativity.

Lindsay immediately purchased the Sabo collection after he saw it a year ago. Much of it will be displayed in its first gallery appearance ever this spring at Lindsay Gallery.

“I hope to honor his legacy,” Lindsay said. “He deserves to take his rightful place among great Columbus folk artists.”

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