Published On: Fri, Jan 29th, 2021

‘Illusions of Light’ now on view at New Hope Arts

“Revisiting Beyond” by John Spears

John Spears kicks off New Hope Arts’ exhibition year with an in-gallery show designed to explore space and illusion, where architecture and art work together.

Curated by Rita Romanova Gekht, the 18 canvases are arranged as a viewer-centered experience, illuminating the method Spears developed over his 45-year career.

Spears has been making art since the mid-seventies, and the show includes work from 1992 to the present. His work has evolved using the silk screen process as a basis to embody a multiplicity of paint color palettes. Employing ultra-violet pigments, embedded glass spheres, and the use of both LED and ultra-violet lights, the work moves from abstract to the extraordinary. Spear’s method transcends any particular school of thought and might be considered a stream of consciousness approach to using the silk screen as an open door to painting and multi-media art, say organizers.

“Red Eruption” by John Spears

Protocol limits 10 people at a time in the gallery so viewers have the opportunity to interact with each piece while maintaining social distance. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and reservations are suggested.

“Illusions of Light” runs through March 21.

Visit New Hope Arts for more information, or call (215) 862-9606. An online exhibition runs concurrently.

New Hope Arts is located at 2 Stockton Ave. in New Hope.

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