Bernie Taupin: Anarchaeology (an-ahr-kee-ol-uh-jee)
Presented at Samuel Lynne Galleries
In an opening reception for artist Bernie Taupin’s exhibition Anarchaeology (an-ahr-kee-ol-uh-jee), hundreds of fine art collectors and enthusiasts gathered at Samuel Lynne Galleries in Dallas on September 12 to meet the artist, Largely recognized for his longtime songwriting partnership with Elton John, Bernie Taupin is also a serious visual artist. He describes this creative avenue as, “simply the visual extension of what I have spent my life creating through words.” Adding visual art to his life as lyricist, musician, producer, author and award winner, Bernie Taupin continues to delight and surprise even those who think they know him best.
Anarchaeology (an-ahr-kee-ol-uh-jee) comments on the ability of governments to cause chaos, create and perpetuate poverty and misery, and ultimately destroy civilizations. With titles like Disambiguation, Lear In Madness, Recalling Luxembourg, and Where We Go From Here, the paintings in this exhibition ignite intense emotional reactions. The severely contrasting light and dark colors, fragmented edges, and torn middles of these paintings reflect the disturbance and pain of their subjects. Viewers are able to draw similarities to the powerfully emotional artworks of Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still – artists with whom Bernie Taupin has found a particular kinship.
The exhibition will be on view through October 23, 2015
Samuel Lynne Galleries is located in Dallas. www.SamuelLynne.com