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“Fractured” by Jeff Bertwell


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This month, OneWay Gallery hosts an exhibit of evocative, elemental landscape drawings by Rhode Island artist Jeff Bertwell.

“Fractured,” which features sketches and large-scale drawings of natural and altered rock formations denoted by GPS coordinates, is Bertwell’s second exhibition at the Narragansett gallery; his work was also included in a group show in March of 2014.

Forgoing the traditional landscape view, the artist turns his eye towards America’s cathedral: the highway and its unassuming yet multifaceted road cuts. The exhibition also features drawings that concentrate on the natural structure of fractured rock.

Bertwell utilizes diverse media on paper – graphite, watercolor, pen, charcoal and pastel – to achieve a dimensional quality that mimics the grade and depth of natural rock. His larger drawings, simplified versions of his sketches, were created using a slow layering process.

The artist, a trained printmaker who studied at the University of Rhode Island and the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico: Albuquerque, also operates a printing business, Queen’s River Press, in Wakefield. He has printed editions for numerous local artists and he created a commissioned bronze relief for the Fisherman’s Memorial in Point Judith in 2005.

Only recently, Bertwell has turned to drawing as a medium for his own work, which has been featured in exhibitions at Chazan Gallery, the Newport Art Museum and other local venues. He teaches Drawing I at the University of Rhode Island.

The public is invited to an artist’s reception on October 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The exhibition runs through November 22.