June Stratton, April 2016
April 1 5-8pm
What I like about this new collection of paintings is that I'm able to integrate many subjects I have a fondness for painting and have been drawn to throughout my career. Landscapes, flora and fauna have long been favorite subjects since I was a small child. I am using a bit of surrealism to incorporate the natural world that surrounds....
“Interplay: Beauty Observed” will open at Robert Lange Studios on Friday, April 1 and exhibit through the end of April. It is an honor for the gallery to present this unique body of work. Exhibited is a carefully edited body of over 20 works in oil and silver leaf on both linen and paper from a 20-year career artist.
Born in 1959 in Honolulu, June Stratton grew up in and around the Bay Area in Northern California, attending the College of Fine Arts and Crafts in Oakland until 1979. Not satisfied with the painting skills she had been taught, Stratton worked on developing her own technique for the next several years. It was not until she moved to Seattle that she started her professional career in 1989. During this period June primarily worked on western landscapes and was encouraged and influenced by counsel from gallery owners she showed with, notably Kent Lovelace at Stone Press Editions in Seattle and John Pence at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco. During this period her work was acquired by many major collections including Bank of America, US Department of State, The Mayo Clinic and Texaco Incorporated.
June says of this new body of work, “What I like about this new collection of paintings is that I'm able to integrate many subjects I have a fondness for painting and have been drawn to throughout my career. Landscapes, flora and fauna have long been favorite subjects since I was a small child. I am using a bit of surrealism to incorporate the natural world that surrounds me with the figurative work I've been painting for many years.”
Stratton’s paintings are descried as multilayered compositions in oil and silver leaf. “There is a romantic, almost cinematic quality to June’s work. She has a way of easily orchestrating a complex painting,” said Robert Lange. “Even though many of the works are figurative, each painting has a unique narrative seamlessly interwoven into the composition.”
“This body of work is intentionally dreamy, idealistic and lush. I'm painting figurative beauty and veiling it with visions of nature. I then weave these painted tapestries with silver leaf. When the paintings are observed as the surrounding light changes, the silver leaf allows the negative spaces in the compositions to literally transform. What I hope to portray is a little mystery, reflection and reverence for my natural and figurative muses by poetically superimposing these painted layers,” said June.
Robert Lange recalls being introduced to Stratton in Savannah over ten years ago: “We were very young gallery owners and I remember meeting June in her gallery and thinking how amazing it would be if someday she showed in our gallery.”