Alan Loehle's consistent and overriding concern as an artist is to address the human condition. His intention "to make sense of experience, to capture the bigness of being alive in the world, to somehow tickle the back corners of the viewer's mind and spirit" is the unbroken thread of his body of work. The visual languages of his figurative paintings have evolved and shifted within his practice. Medium, palette, mark making, perspective, surface, composition - each exploited in eloquent expression. The whole of the sum an ongoing attempt to "distill the world and get everything organized in one place. ... to acknowledge both truth and beauty."
Alan Loehle's latest exhibition at the gallery, Anthropocene: Signs of Our Times, marks a significant change in Loehle’s work. While past paintings looked inward, this work looks outward responding to current events, particularly environmental concerns. Loehle weaves together disparate images- 1950’s illustrations, chimpanzees, orangutans, dogs, tropical flora- to create a cacophony of visual representation. Paradoxically, these paintings also include moments of grace and calm as a counterpoint to chaos and warning. Writing for the New York Times, Andrew Revkin stated … “Two billion years ago, cyanobacteria oxygenated our atmosphere and powerfully disrupted life on Earth. But they didn’t know it. We’re the first species that’s become a planet-scale influence and is aware of that reality. That’s what distinguishes us.” Loehle’s new work is both a visual reflection of visceral anxiety and an embrace of beauty and harmony.
Alan Loehle received an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Arizona in 1979. He now lives and works in Atlanta and is Professor of Art at Oglethorpe University. He has received grants for painting from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, a Fellowship in Painting from The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for Painting. Loehle has exhibited widely since 1983 and has work in private and museum collections throughout the United States and in England. Most recently, several drawings from his Rome series were purchased by the High Museum of Art. Reviews and reproductions of his paintings and drawings have been featured in publications such as The Paris Review, Art Papers Magazine, the AJC, Burnaway, and Painter’s Table.