Monday, February 1, 2010

Nice Writeup

from the latest issue of Flagpole:

"At the Top of More Stairs: This time at Speakeasy on Broad, are quite a few of Will Eskridge’s paintings. A combination of landscapes, still-lifes and figurative oils on canvas, there’s something here for everyone. Particularly nice, and which I personally found myself drawn to, were the pieces foregrounding figures. They’re rendered with such a wonderfully strange sensibility that they’re somehow absorbing. The landscapes and still-lifes, although boldly and vibrantly executed, were somehow lacking in the unique visual language of Eskridge's figurative work—nice, but not necessarily demanding of one’s full attention. At least, that’s what I thought when turning to leave and was stopped dead in my tracks by a thick painting of shrimp on a plate to the left of the bar. The piles of paint sitting wetly on top of the small canvas were somehow so utterly… shrimpish that I couldn’t stop looking at it. You’ll have to see it for yourself and get back to me on this one."

- Brian Hitselberger


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