William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art present Karl Umlauf: Industrious - Then and Now! opening reception
William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art rings in the New Year in their recently re-named gallery with an incredible exhibition of industrial paintings and assemblages by renowned Waco artist, Karl Umlauf. Umlauf, a veteran painter with an illustrious career spanning seven decades, will be a familiar player to many who follow Texas art. With formal art training at The University of Texas and Cornell (as well as a Yale Fellowship), Umlauf held long-term and productive tenures as an instructor and artist-in-residence at both East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce), and more recently, at Baylor University.
Umlauf’s industrials present an interesting, edgy point of view, and the selections reveal the artist’s refined expertise in composition, palette and brushwork. The selections also track the evolution of Umlauf’s industrial perspectives and stylistic approach over the course of his career. It constitutes a fresh and compelling display by one of Texas’ most distinguished latter-twentieth-century painters, bringing a subject matter and “heavy-metal” style that seems especially at home in Houston, the epicenter of industrial Texas. Overall, Reaves and Foltz have curated an intriguing exhibition filled with the strong paintings of a notable Texas artist, all of which emanate formidable mechanistic energies and distinctive technological narrative. It is for sure another worthwhile assemblage at Houston’s home for Texas art, and a perfect way to usher in the new year.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through February 6.