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Bryce Cameron Liston has always enjoyed the challenges and nuances of figurative painting. “You could spend a lifetime just focusing on the figure and trying to get everything right with the anatomy, color, shape, and value—not to mention trying to get all the different flesh tones down,” he says. Yet there’s something beyond the technicality of painting the figure that continues to draw Liston back to this subject matter time and time again. “I think for all artists in history who have painted the figure, there’s a personal draw,” he explains. “I always say that figurative art is art about us—the human condition, the human experience. It’s art that tells a story about people.” Liston shares his own visual stories of humanity in a solo show at RS Hanna Gallery, which opens November 1 and features works created over the last one to two years. The show closes with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 16.
Liston has gained wide recognition and a strong collector base for his figurative works, which are often described as quiet, subdued pieces with romantic or even escapist qualities. “I love when I get feedback from collectors,” Liston says. “They all come back with something a little different, and I’m always surprised and interested to learn how different people connect to various pieces.” Because of this, Liston doesn’t try to convey anything specific in his work, but rather encourages viewers to bring their own experiences and interpretations into the paintings. “I think I do take a somewhat romantic approach,” Liston says, “but it’s mostly just about trying to make something beautiful.”
Indeed, appreciating and replicating the beauty Liston sees in the world has always been central to both his life and his art. “Sometimes everyone gets so focused on the ugliness out there—it’s all we see in the news, and it seems to get worse every year,” Liston says, adding, “It’s nice to take a peaceful little respite from all that and look at something pleasant and beautiful.” Fortunately for collectors, Liston continues to paint enchanting works that allow us to escape from reality for a moment and delve into pure beauty. —Lindsay Mitchell
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