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Martin Benson Plant a Seed, Bare a Fruit, Bloom a Flower...Repeat, 2021

Martin Benson
Plant a Seed, Bare a Fruit, Bloom a Flower...Repeat, 2021
Oil on canvas on panel
24 x 24 x 2 inches

Martin Benson Is My Birth and Death The Same Moment?, 2022

Martin Benson
Is My Birth and Death The Same Moment?, 2022
Oil on canvas on panel
24 x 24 x 2 inches

Martin Benson Three is a Magic Number, 2021

Martin Benson
Three is a Magic Number, 2021
Oil on canvas on panel
24 x 18 x 2 inches

Martin Benson It Takes Two to Tango, 2021

Martin Benson
It Takes Two to Tango, 2021
Oil on canvas on panel
11 x 14 x 2 inches

Martin Benson It's Time to Hatch, 2022

Martin Benson
It's Time to Hatch, 2022
Graphite on Reeves BFK paper
30 x 20 inches

Martin Benson Bound by What Goes Unseen, 2022

Martin Benson
Bound by What Goes Unseen, 2022
Graphite on Reeves BFK paper
30 x 20 inches

Aaron Collier A Small Reveal No. 2, 2021

Aaron Collier
A Small Reveal No. 2, 2021
Flashe on canvas
14 x 12 inches

Aaron Collier A Small Reveal No. 1, 2021

Aaron Collier
A Small Reveal No. 1, 2021
Flashe and oil on canvas
14 x 12 inches

Aaron Collier Buried Alive, 2020-21

Aaron Collier
Buried Alive, 2020-21
Oil on canvas
44 x 40 inches

Aaron Collier Living Cliff, 2020

Aaron Collier
Living Cliff, 2020
Flashe on canvas
18 x 16 inches

Aaron Collier No Thing to Show, 2020

Aaron Collier
No Thing to Show, 2020
Flashe on canvas
36 x 32 inches

Aaron Collier Medley, 2020

Aaron Collier
Medley, 2020
Flashe on canvas
36 x 32 inches

Caio Fonseca, Fifth Street C15.10, 2015

Caio Fonseca

Fifth Street C15.10, 2015

Mixed media on canvas

25 x 29 inches

Caio Fonseca, Fifth Street C13.1, 2013

Caio Fonseca

Fifth Street C13.1, 2013

Mixed media on canvas

20 x 20 inches

Caio Fonseca, Fifth Street P11.12, 2011

Caio Fonseca

Fifth Street P11.12, 2011

Gouache on paper

9 x 12 inches

Caio Fonseca, Pietrasanta C12.8, 2012

Caio Fonseca

Pietrasanta C12.8, 2012

Mixed media on canvas

25 x 25 inches

Caio Fonseca , Pietrasanta P10.14, 2010

Caio Fonseca 

Pietrasanta P10.14, 2010

Gouache on paper

23 x 30 inches

Caio Fonseca, Fifth Street C18.1, 2018

Caio Fonseca

Fifth Street C18.1, 2018

Mixed media on canvas

12 x 12 inches

Caio Fonseca, Fifth Street C18.2, 2018

Caio Fonseca

Fifth Street C18.2, 2018

Mixed media on canvas

12 x 12 inches

Wayne Pate Sunday at Home, 2022

Wayne Pate
Sunday at Home, 2022
Acrylic on Arches paper
26 x 22 inches

Wayne Pate The Shadow's Dance, 2022

Wayne Pate
The Shadow's Dance, 2022
Acrylic on Arches paper
26 x 22 inches

Wayne Pate Le Motif Moghols, 2022

Wayne Pate
Le Motif Moghols, 2022
Acrylic on Arches paper
26 x 22 inches

Wayne Pate Deux Vases Et Un Collage, 2022

Wayne Pate
Deux Vases Et Un Collage, 2022
Acrylic on Arches paper
26 x 22 inches

Wayne Pate Working from the Garden Table, 2022

Wayne Pate
Working from the Garden Table, 2022
Acrylic on Arches paper
26 x 22 inches

Wayne Pate Fleur Nocturne, 2022

Wayne Pate
Fleur Nocturne, 2022
Acrylic on Arches paper
26 x 22 inches

Wayne Pate La Piscine de Vallabregues, 2022

Wayne Pate
La Piscine de Vallabregues, 2022
Acrylic on Arches paper
26 x 22 inches

Wayne Pate African Wood Carving with Straw Brush and Antique Fabric, 2022

Wayne Pate
African Wood Carving with Straw Brush and Antique Fabric, 2022
Acrylic on Arches paper
26 x 22 inches

Wayne Pate Le Buffet Vallabregues, 2022

Wayne Pate
Le Buffet Vallabregues, 2022
Acrylic on Arches paper
26 x 22 inches

Summer Group Show

Martin Benson | Aaron Collier | Caio Fonseca | Wayne Pate

July 9 – 30, 2022

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present our Summer Group Show featuring artworks by Martin Benson, Aaron Collier, Caio Fonseca, and Wayne Pate.
 

Through his artistic practice, Martin Benson is exploring ways to express questions about deeper levels of reality. Inspired by sacred geometry and esoteric symbolism, his paintings embody his own contemplative practices and the experiences within them. Reconciling the tension between spirituality and the hyper-materialist modern world, his pieces act as visual koans for both the artist and the viewer. Benson received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his BA at the University of Southern California. He has exhibited at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Contemporary Arts Center (LA), the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Jazz and Heritage Foundation amongst others. Benson’s works are in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Children’s Hospital, New York Presbyterian, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the University Medical Center, New Orleans.
 

Aaron Collier’s abstract paintings are both suggestive and silent, exploring the possibility of paint to simultaneously reveal and conceal. Since 2017 he has been interested in parallels between sense-making at the sites of architectural ruins and what we do before images and other silences. Learning at these sites is a care-driven process of encounter, unearthing, arranging, deducing, imagining, testing, failing, and connecting, in no particular order with no guarantee of understanding. Furthermore, a learned humility before other personal or historical unknowns could advance knowledge and communion beyond the field of visual communication. Collier teaches drawing and painting at Tulane University as an Associate Professor. He has participated in recent group exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center (LA) and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and has been featured in New American Paintings. His paintings are represented in such collections as the New Orleans Museum of Art, Iberia Bank, and the Boston Medical Center. Collier has been selected for artist residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, ISCP in Brooklyn, and OAZO in Amsterdam.


Caio Fonseca is well known for his lyrical, abstract paintings that explore the interaction of form and tonality. His practice embraces early twentieth century modernism and the traditional principles of abstraction, however, he has established his own stylized vernacular through which to explore these concepts. Fonseca is also partly influenced by his training and interest in classical music and composition. Similar to musical arrangements, his technique for creating a painting is a process of both structured planning and moment-to-moment improvising. Fonseca lives and works between New York City and Pietrasanta, Italy. He has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries and has had retrospectives at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and at the Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, Spain. Fonseca's work is included in many public and private collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Whitney Museum of America Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


Based in New Zealand, Wayne Pate’s work focuses on rendering objects and interiors in his signature simplistic and sophisticated style. With bold subject matter and fresh color palettes, he often uses pieces of canvas or linen to collage and create layers beneath the paint. In his travels, Pate has amassed a collection of historical objects, which include lebrillos, jugs and water pitchers from Spain, ceramics and terra-cotta pieces from Italy and Greece as well as various vessels from Provence, which often recur throughout the work as repeating shapes. Through subtle shifts in size, format, and contrast, these repeating shapes emerge from the subconscious, giving voice where there is none. Pate was raised in Texas and moved to New York in the early 1990’s where he established his career. His work is included in many notable private collections, such as The Carlyle Hotel, New York and the Palm Heights Hotel, Cayman Islands.