Adventures in Color

Emil Baumann Exhibition

DECEMBER 14 2012 - JANUARY 04, 2012




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Art on the Avenue Gallery is pleased to present Emil Baumann’s solo exhibition of painting and ceramics, “Adventures in Color”, December 14, 2012 through January 4, 2013. The opening takes place Friday, December 14, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, as part of the Second Friday series of events in Powelton Village.


Over twenty-five of his recent paintings and several of his ceramic pieces delight the viewer with abstract compositions that burst with vivid colors, whose whimsical combination and treatment display Baumann’s adventurous spirit and his desire to experiment with new techniques. Emil Baumann paints with oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolors and pencil. He titles the show, “Adventures in Color”, but not the individual pieces, leaving it up to the viewer to offer a subjective interpretation of the joyful, expressive abstract images. A Philadelphia artist and Powelton Village resident, Emil Baumann’s work has been shown locally at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), Nexus Gallery, Border’s Bookstore, Community Education Center (CEC), East Africa Center, University City Arts League, Haverford School Centennial Hall Gallery, Art on the Avenue Gallery and other venues.  Internationally, he exhibited his work at two prestigious Art Galleries in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was awarded two prizes for his painting. 


His experiences in Kenya, his apprenticeship and exchanges with Kenyan artists, seem to have been crucial for his formation as an artist. Other travels and his own dreams have been credited as sources of inspiration for his work.  In Philadelphia, Emil Baumann has taken classes at Fleisher Arts Memorial, Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts and the University City Arts League Ceramic Studio, where he produced the ceramics pieces exhibited in this show.


In the words of the City Paper arts editor, Robin Rice, who reviewed one of Emil’s shows for the paper, his paintings “do not represent things, or tell stories in expected ways. However, with surprising ease, the networks of bands and irregular areas of color communicate a palpable, ineffable emotional aura; we feel content to simply be with these paintings”.