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'Touching The Surface: Vicki Walsh' Exhibit & Discussion


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until October 23, 2011[days & times]
  • WHERE Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $8

Looking beyond the physical surface, Vicki Walsh captures the depth of a person’s soul in her hyper-realistic portraits. "Touching the Surface" features large scale portraits of important people who have touched her life. By breaking down the face and amplifying minute details found on the skin’s surface, Walsh makes room for the viewer to contemplate what lies underneath.

Meet the Artist on August 13, 2011 at 2 p.m. and hear Walsh discuss her Renaissance glazing technique and the meaning behind her imagery. The talk is free with museum admission and complimentary for OMA members, students and military.

"Touching the Surface: Vicki Walsh" will be on view in the OMA Groves Auditorium Gallery August 6 – October 23, 2011.

About the Artist:
Academically trained as a painter and illustrator, Walsh’s fifteen-year experience as a forensic medical illustrator provided her a strong understanding for how to analyze and visually interpret the figure with exquisite detail. Her in-depth process involves hundreds of transparent layers of oil glaze that achieve subtle tonalities of color. In her conceptual paintings, Walsh is concerned with generating concepts that reflect her strong aesthetic instincts and interest in seeking a deeper truth.

About the Exhibit:
"Touching the Surface" features a new series of portraits of spiritual people that Walsh has come in contact with over the past few years. In this series she uses an Islamic pattern in the background to engage the surface. These geometric shapes based on the triangle are symbols of divinity that grace the interior and exterior of mosques throughout the Middle East. By using these subtle symbols as a conceptual tool, Walsh meditates on the concept of transcendence and the power of visual images to transport the viewer to another place. Walsh is interested in the juxtaposition between the Islamic culture’s beliefs in the spiritual realm and the American culture’s obsession with superficiality, youth and beauty.

Location: OMA: 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside CA 92054. Google Map

Museum Hours:
Tues-Sat 10am-4pm
Sun 1pm-4pm
Closed Mondays and
major holidays

Members FREE; General: $8

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