Arts / Museums

Artful Weekend

Hummingbirds, Anyone

BY Catherine D. Anspon // 02.20.15
photography Katelyn Newman

Hummingbirds, anyone? It’s a Texas homecoming for former Dallas artist and University of Texas at Dallas grad Raychael Stine, who once worked as Richard Patterson‘s studio assistant and also back in the day devised flower arrangements for the immensely chic Highland Park Village florist Avant Garden. In Houston for her second solo at Art Palace, this current assistant painting professor at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) returns to town to continues her flirtation with abstraction and figuration.

We’re smitten with Stine’s flaunting of the dictates against canines and rainbows in contemporary art.

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“Picaflor, Picaflor 2,” 2015, is an homage to Stine’s late dog, Pickle, and a segue into the artist’s new painting.

Watch for a PA by her late dog, Pickle, as well as some luscious florals swirling against tightly coiled balls of abstract lines, which the artist labels as “Yows” — protean forces of pigment that she describes as resembling The Hound of the Baskervilles.

About the title, “Chuparrosa” — hummingbird: Those avians also appear in Stine’s smart, hypnotic and idiosyncratic canvases, which have already been embraced by savvy Houston collectors from Lester Marks to Jereann Chaney, Bridget and Patrick Wade and Leigh and Reggie Smith. Why? Attend the opening Friday, February 20, 6 to 8 pm, and discover the allure and importance of Stine, who has also recently been featured in New American Painting. To learn more, catch the artist’s talk Saturday, February 21, 2 pm, at Art Palace. The exhibition is up through March 27.

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