Les Yeux du Monde will feature for its final show of 2017, Dean Dass, one of the most important mainstays of the gallery since its inception 23 years ago. Dass, an influential professor of printmaking at the University of Virginia since 1985 is well known regionally, nationally and internationally for his handmade books, unique prints and sublime oil paintings. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad and has been the recipient of countless prestigious awards and fellowships.
For this show, Dass will exhibit new oil paintings of rivers and birds that employ centuries old painting techniques and innovative prints that alchemically combine homemade papers with pigments, inkjet, gold leaf and more. Throughout the seemingly diverse media his works wield a strange and subtle power. Subjects range from slices of untamed nature and massive cloud forms to vulnerable creatures of the earth—humans, birds, fawns, bears. His empathetic renderings conjure awe, mystery and meditation about our relation to our fellow creatures, nature, time and the cosmos.
The opening is on Friday, November 17 from 5 – 7 p.m. The gallery will also have for sale at special prices some of Dean Dass’s outtakes and rarities that he unearthed for his summer Studio Moving Sale for Small Business Saturday, November 25, and throughout Thanksgiving weekend. There will be a lunch with the artist on Wednesday, December 6 (reservations required, $15). The gallery is located at 841 Wolf Trap Road in Charlottesville. Hours are Thursday through Sunday 1 – 5 and by appointment. Call 434-882-2620 or 434-973-5566 for more information or visit our website at LYDM.co.