John Axton and Jennifer Davenport: Cosmopolitan Color Contemporaries
Ventana Fine Art presents new works by two modern masters, John Axton and Jennifer Davenport starting with a reception on Friday, June 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Technical virtuosity, exquisite balance in form and color, and original approaches to abstraction and non-objective design have brought both artists decades of success with private and corporate collectors. “Cosmopolitan Color Contemporaries” runs through July 5.
John Axton has been with Ventana Fine Art Gallery since we opened. During this period, his simple, dramatic, often haunting imagery has created a large following. His minimal horizons - even a single marble - draw the viewer into the canvas to peacefully contemplate the fusion of reality and imagination. John was awarded a "Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award" by his alma mater, Southern Illinois University, in 1988, when they established a summer arts program in his name.
What makes an abstract artist great? Jennifer Davenport has found and applied the answers over three successful decades as a professional painter. Her work has evolved from monotypes which grace countless corporate and individual collections to paintings on canvas, and through several stylistic periods to her current phase, which is characterized by utter mastery of design and a virtuosic arsenal of technical skills. Davenport applies a formidable range of painterly powers to her naturally inventive genius for color, composition, and form. With her innate and highly refined ability to bring the full scope of the acrylic medium’s potential to its highest and best use, namely paintings that engage the eye, the intellect, and the emotions, Davenport paintings connect effortlessly with every viewer who sees her work, from the novice to the most discerning connoisseur of fine art.