Sam Reveles - Poulaphouca: New Paintings and Works on Paper
A solo exhibition of new work by Sam Reveles. Opening reception Saturday, August 24, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Artist remarks at 6:30 pm.
Poulaphouca: New Paintings and Works on Paper features a body of recent paintings and drawings inspired by the landscape of County Wicklow, Ireland, where Reveles lives and works. These intricate paintings evoke atomic structures, neuron synapses, and expanding galaxies—exquisite meditations on scale and space. Meanwhile, Reveles’ use of color creates a dynamic sense of movement and spatial depth. Works like Elemental Span, with its cluster of energetic nuclei, maintains a tenuous balance between the infinite and the miniscule. Space expands and contracts simultaneously, and each shape refracts, revealing increasing levels of complexity.
Despite the abstract nature of his paintings, Reveles likens them to the dynamic experience of gazing across a lake or walking through a field. Everything we observe is necessarily in relation to its larger context, and perceptions change depending on our proximity, position, and the direction of our gaze. So too with the works of Poulaphouca: they are impossible to absorb in one glance, instead offering multiple perspectives and details depending on the viewer’s position.
Sam Reveles (b. El Paso, Texas), earned his M.F.A. in painting from Yale University. For the past decade, Reveles has drawn inspiration from the landscapes to which he is intimately connected. Over the course of his career, Reveles has participated in many important solo and group exhibitions, such as the prestigious Whitney Biennial. Most recently, he was featured with a solo exhibition at the Butler Gallery, the non-profit contemporary art space of Kilkenny Castle in Ireland. Reveles has had solo exhibitions at the El Paso Museum of Art; the Saint Louis Art Museum; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and the Hammer Art Museum in Los Angeles. The artist’s paintings are also included in the permanent museum collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City. He was recently awarded a residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Ireland.