Posted on October 10, 2021 at 12:08 am
Because it is too early in the 2021-22 school year to present student work, Dorian Vallejo’s “The Unconscious Call to Adventure and the Poetry of Life” continues until October 15, Corpora Art Gallery, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Bethlehem.
An artist reception was held on October 1 as part of Southside Bethlehem’s October First Friday.
âDreamer in Betweenâ (2014; oil on canvas, 62 âx 60â) is one of the largest works on display where the artist skillfully executes the passage of time with a captured moment juxtaposed to a precedent. The dreamlike, almost photorealistic painting depicts a woman as she is gently awakened as she sleeps comfortably as her bed floats in the swirling waters.
âThe way we experience time is linear. There is also this conscious awareness that time is fleeting and that we are as time-moving creatures, âsays Vallejo of finding visual ways to exploreâ this element of our awareness of being alive â. .
âEvery Year and Every Yearâ (2019; oil on wood panel, 18 âx 31â) is a more painterly approach to capturing a moment in time. A seated woman thoughtfully sorts the items she has placed on a tray in her lap. Souvenirs and precious stones, taken from an adjacent jewelry cabinet, are the touchstones of precious keepsakes.
Charter Arts visual arts director Lorie Reinhard credits art faculty member Roger Brinker for introducing it to Vallejo and suggesting that he provide instruction to their visual arts students via an online workshop. . In Spring 2020, Vallejo presented a workshop course, âThe Art of the Sketchbookâ.
The exhibition, says Reinhard, âis a wonderful opportunity for our students, as they got to see his sketches and preparatory work. Now they can see his final and completed paintings.
Brinker, a friend of the artist who organized the exhibition, met Vallejo in the 1980s while they were enrolled at Barnstone Studios, Coplay, founded by Myron Barnstone.
Vallejo, born in New York, graduated from the School of Visual Arts, New York City, in 1990, and attended the Art Students League and the National Academy of Art.
Vallejo is the son of Peruvian-American painter Boris Vallejo, known for science fiction and fantasy art, and Doris Vallejo.
Vallejo started his career at age 11 painting pictures of album covers on the backs of denim jackets. As an art student, he supported himself by creating comic book and book covers. Being mentored by his instructors inspired him to pursue a career in the fine arts.
The Easton-based painter and his artist girlfriend share a studio at a former school in Phillipsburg, NJ
Corpora Art Gallery, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem: www.charterarts.org. To view the exhibit during school hours, contact Lorie Reinhard, [email protected]
PRESS PHOTO BY ED COURRIER Dorian Vallejo with âEvery Year and Every Yearâ (2019; oil on wood panel, 18 âx 31â), Corpora Art Gallery, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.