“Combining Forces” – (a camera and a brush)

Arun Patel and Keith Wilson

A New Exhibit at Gualala Arts

Opening Saturday, April 3, 2021, 11 am to 7 pm. Member Preview Friday, April 2, 2021, 11 am to 4 pm.

Gualala Arts Burnett Gallery



A new exhibit, featuring the works of Arun Patel and Keith Wilson, opening Saturday, April 3, 2021, from 11 am to 7 pm in the Burnett Gallery at Gualala Arts. Members Preview on Friday, April 2, 2021, 11 am to 4 pm. Exhibit continues through Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Arun Patel

Arun Patel, a photographer, and Keith Wilson, a painter, have long shared an intense common interest in the nature of nature and sublime beauty by producing artwork as an informed response to the non-artificial environment. “Combining Forces” will include some of their existing individual observations and also some collaborations which will interact in the creation of unique jointly-created artworks. Included will be works that feature both artists interpreting the same scene and/or both artists’ work presented on the same paper or canvas.

Keith Wilson

The North Coast has been a continual inspiration for these artists, and this exhibit will provide a close up view of the unknown details and phenomena which make it a unique place to live. Through years of intense study of Japanese aesthetics and Chinese painting traditions coupled with extensive travel in rural Japan and China, a framework for experiencing the North Coast shore, meadows and forest zones has guided them.

Responding with a slow and measured observation of the local area, it is the intent to reveal and share these observations with the community through the created artworks providing the encouragement to the visiting viewers to develop similar individual viewing habits and engender an intense painterly appreciation of the North Coast.

Arun Patel will exhibit photographic work on special handmade papers. Keith Wilson will display oil paintings, sumi ink/watercolors and ink drawings on stone. The collaborative work will be a combination of digital output and hand painted photographic work.

Arun Patel is interested in creating art at the intersection of black & white photography and painting, taking principles from Asian landscape paintings such as the use of negative space and creating layers. Furthermore, he is passionate about Japanese washi paper, and matching the image to the translucence and texture of the varied papers in his collection. Arun Patel’s website is: www.ArunPatelStudio.com.

Keith Wilson has been a painter for over 40 years. He was a student of Charles Moore and worked on special projects with Lawrence Halprin. He has participated in Open Studios in the area and has exhibited locally including the Gualala Arts Center for over 12 years. Keith Wilson’s website is: www.KeithWilsonArt.com.