Painting a ‘Cosmic Terrain’

The exhibit features individual and collaborative works by Mars-1, Damon Soule, Oliver Vernon and a large scale mural on the Phoenix Theater by Ricky Watts.

Mars-1, also known as Mario Martinez, has a style of vast, abstracted, quasi-extraterrestrial looking landscapes. His painting techniques result in very three-dimensional forms, which echo the anatomy of architecture, and microcosmic structures of biology.

Soule began his lifelong pursuit of what he describes as the application of homogenous forms to linear topography during childhood. In his bold use of saturation and composition, he strives to transform everyday subject matter and its refuse into unintended correlative material.

Vernon’s paintings draw upon a varied pool of influences, from abstract expressionism, to post-pop surrealism and the polished finish of figurative realism.

North Bay resident Ricky Watts grew up painting in and around the Phoenix Theater. He has a strong base in photo realistic illustration as well as an abstract sweep. He

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