The RISD Museum acquires ‘The Flower Eaters’ by Andrew Paul Woolbright

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE > March 22, 2016

 

ANDREW PAUL WOOLBRIGHT, The Flower Eaters (2014) oil on canvas, 79.5” x 59.5”

ANDREW PAUL WOOLBRIGHT, The Flower Eaters (2014) oil on canvas, 79.5” x 59.5”

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Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to announce that The RISD Museum recently acquired The Flower Eaters, a painting by Andrew Paul Woolbright for its permanent collection. Woolbright received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently works in Beacon, NY, integrating paintings, sculpture, and video into an ongoing project entitled The ShrineBeast Narrative.  Using his wife and himself as subjects within his work, Woolbright has been constructing an expansive mythology that documents their ongoing transformation into moving shrines of love. Using this mythology, he examines love and sentiment and their political and personal relationship to individuals, relationships, narratives, and histories. The acquisition was made possible by a generous gift from a private collection.

Woolbright recently commented on The Flower Eaters:

The Flowers Eaters is the first painting of my current, ongoing body of work The ShrineBeast Romance. In this painting, the two figures (who are representations of my wife and myself) are sitting on their living room couch together when they are struck by a meteor that crashes in through their ceiling. In an instant, they and their surroundings are transformed. The living room couch shifts into a Garden of Eden, and the two of them begin spitting out streams of flower petals. Pearls and ornamentation begin to grow on their activated skin. The meteor, the alien force that signifies the uncontrolled impact of love and sentiment on our identities and bodies, triggers their evolution into moving, living, shrines of love. I am honored and excited to have the work in the permanent collection of the RISD museum, at the institution where I conceived of and made the series I am still working in today.

The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery is currently presenting Love Amongst the Amaranth by Andrew Paul Woolbright through April 14. Yellow Peril Gallery will unveil new works from Woolbright at Seattle Art Fair 2016 in August.

About Andrew Paul Woolbright
ANDREW PAUL WOOLBRIGHT is a contemporary visual artist working in Beacon, NY. Woolbright attended the School of the Art Institute Chicago where he was greatly influenced by the work of the alternative figuration of Ivan Albright and Mary Lou Zelazny before being taught by Angela Dufresne at the Rhode Island School of Design. Woolbright received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited with Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago, Nancy Margolis and DM Contemporary in New York, and Yellow Peril in Providence. For more information about Andrew Paul Woolbright, visit andrewwoolbright.com.

About The RISD Museum
Southeastern New England’s only comprehensive art museum, the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design—also known as the RISD Museum—was established in 1877. Its permanent collection of more than 86,000 objects includes paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, costume, furniture, and other works of art from every part of the world—with objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and art of all periods from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, up to the latest in contemporary art. For more information, call 401 454 6500 or visit risdmuseum.org. Follow the RISD Museum at Facebook.com/RISDMuseum.

About Yellow Peril Gallery
Founded in 2011, YELLOW PERIL GALLERY is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery fosters art critiques from emerging, mid-career and established artists who have been featured in biennials and museum exhibitions, participated in top tier art fairs and acquired by private collectors worldwide. In Spring 2016, Gallery will launch Peligro Amarillo | Santurce, its first satellite location in the arts district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. For more info about future exhibitions, visit www.yellowperilgallery.com.

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If you’d like more information about this press release, or to schedule an interview with ANDREW PAUL WOOLBRIGHT, please contact Vanphouthon Souvannasane at +1 917 655 1497 or via e-mail at van@yellowperilgallery.com.