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August in the YSA Gallery | Bill Abel
August 23 at 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This month, Yuba Sutter Arts is showcasing the wondrous works of William (Bill) Abel. Abel displays a vibrant interpretation of how he sees life in his show “Fever Dream.”
Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Bill Abel decided to pursue the life of an artist at the age of fourteen. He moved to Venice, California in the late 1960s to get away from the cold, harsh Midwest climate. Bill later moved north to the Bay Area, and finally settled in Berry Creek north of Oroville where living in the peaceful solitude of the forest allows himself to stay focused on completing his work.
“Fever Dream” will be displayed at Yuba Sutter Arts for the month of August. A “Meet the Artist Reception” will be held on Friday, August 9 from 5 – 7pm in the Gallery at Yuba Sutter Arts, 624 E Street in Marysville. All are invited to attend this free special event. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display until August 30.
Bill Abel recognizes the subject of surrealism as defined by Dr. Anna Balakian.
“The objective of surrealism is the infinite expansion of reality as a substitute for a previously accepted dichotomy between the real and the imaginary.”
Such expressions were derived from works such as Salvador Dali and René Magritte who made their styles reflect the juxtaposition of pervious artists. Interestingly, the term surrealism was actually first used to describe the ballet, “Parade” which incorporated sculptural costumes for the dancers and very surreal set pieces by Picasso with music by Erik Satie and scenario by Jean Cocteau.
Abel, as a self – taught painter, started by copying works of master artists. Using skills he learned, along with others obtained from his former job as a sign painter, he adapted his artistic style to his own variation of surrealism. Abel has been painting this way since the early 80’s and feels comfortable with how his mind coincides with his work. He sees surrealism as holding more truth to life than logic does most of the time.As Abel carries on painting, his work is ever evolving making him continuously popular among artists and observers alike. Join us for this very special event celebrating a very accomplished artist in the community.