Drawing, Drawing, Drawn

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Drawing, Drawing, Drawn @ Werk Space

For Contemporary Art Month, I have transformed my Clamp Light studio space into a temporary gallery - Werk Space - that features six artists around Texas who use various approaches in the field of drawing.

The exhibition features drawings by Auriel May Garza, James Huizar, Eric Mathis, Daniela Oliver de Portillo, Lizbeth Ortiz, Octavio Quintanilla, and Isabel Servantez.

Reception is Saturday, March 13, 12PM – 6PM (masks required, no appointment necessary)

After the reception, the exhibition can be viewed by appointment only by calling 713-594-2735.


Artists, Parents, Oil Painting

 


Watch this video for an in-depth look inside Gonzalez’s studio as he begins six new oil paintings for his Artist–Parent series.  

This is Raul's first venture into oil paintings in his entire career.  The completed paintings, along with additional work will be showcased later this year at The San Antonio Art League & Museum as Raul is honored as the 2021 Artist of the Year.

The exhibition will open September 13, 2021 and run through the end of October 2021.

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New Public Artwork

 Check out my latest public artwork in San Antonio, a 7 foot by 30 foot mural at 1010 South Flores.

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RECENT ARTWORK




Sewing With Cecelia | Doing Werk Series
acrylic on cotton duck, 18" x 24" (46 cm x 61 cm), 2019

All About That Werk | Forum 6 Contemporary | July 14 - August 11, 2018

Raul Gonzalez | All About That Werk
July 14 - August 11, 2018

Forum 6 Contemporary
1824 Spring Street, Suite 227 | Houston, TX














All About That Werk is Raul’s first solo show in Houston since 2013. It features work that has been shown recently in San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma, and Ohio as well as new work created for this space. Those who are familiar with Raul’s work will notice that while his materials and delivery may have changed, the themes present in his work—family, work, music, construction, abstraction—remain unchanged.

The exhibition reflects the artist’s identity as a stay-at-home parent to two young daughters and his effort to break down social and cultural stereotypes.  Through the combination of mixed-media paintings, drawings and prints, Raul offers a personal look into his day-to-day life as a working artist and father. This series includes highly rendered drawing-painting combinations on concrete fragments and other work site materials where construction scene imagery is combined with color and abstraction.
Many of his drawings were create during a two-week studio residency at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts earlier this year.

In addition to his self-narrative work, Raul explores the same subjects through color, mark-making, and form in several abstract paintings included within the exhibition. Raul describes his abstract paintings as the “galaxies” where all his ideas and emotions can be expressed beyond the literal depiction in his other work.

DOING WORK | DOING WERK (grayDUCK Gallery & Freight Gallery)

grayDUCK Gallery
DOING WORK
Exhibition Dates: November 4 – December 3, 2017
2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. | Austin, TX 78702

Saturday, November 4: 7:30pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, December 3, 2pm


DOING WORK Opening Night Performance at grayDUCK Gallery | Austin, TX
Image courtesy the gallery
Watch Performance



One way to resist racism and stereotyping is to give people an alternative viewpoint. DOING WORK is a presentation of two bodies of paintings and drawings that were created to help shift public perception of working class immigrants and the role of stay-at-home fathers.
First, a series of detailed mixed-media drawings on painted concrete fragments and other construction site objects reflect sentiments of the working class, immigrants and current events. Individuals are often underpaid, under privileged and over worked because of their immigration status or ethnicity. This is my way of paying respect to those who build and otherwise improve our cities.

The second series consists of drawing-painting combinations that share my experiences being an artist and full-time dad to two daughters. Fathers are far too often portrayed as clueless parents and nurturers. I want to show what being a dad is like for me. I take the time to make sure our daughters are raised and mentored in a way that builds their character and confidence.
Now that I am a parent, my artwork gives me a better understanding of my parents. My mom, who passed away two and half years ago, was a stay-at-home-mother and babysitter for most of her life. My dad, who is 62, still works construction 40-48 hours a week and puts in overtime at various weekend jobs so he can send money to family back in Mexico. Some people learn about culture, traditions or languages from their parents. I mostly learned about work.
The exhibition will include three dance performances that embody both the narrative and emotional expression that I cannot capture within the drawings and paintings. The dances blend ideas of abstract expressionism with pop culture, electronic dance music and werkin it.
Doing Work/Doing Werk are supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, and Southwest Airlines through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts.