(Above: Eugene artist Adam Grosowsky’s recent work reflects his reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.)

By Randi Bjornstad

The month of July at the Karin Clarke Gallery features the highly contrasting artistry of Adam Grosowsky — well known for his large-scale, brilliantly hued paintings of people, animals, and urban scenes — and a set of finely wrought small paintings of rooms and grounds of a French chateau by gallery owner Karin Clarke herself.

Clarke’s share of the show reflects two painting residencies she has done at the Chateau D’Orquevaux, the last one in September 2021. During her first stay she concentrated on the landscape around the chateau, which is located in France’s Champagne region and dates to the early 1700s.

The second time, she focused on the interiors of the historic building, absorbing the muted intricacies of the rooms that still reflect the tranquil tastes and lifestyles of France’s pre-revolutionary past.

In contrast, Grosowsky’s recent works are up-to-the-minute and heavy in consternation, portraying his response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in size, color, and emotion. They include blends of yellows and blues that evoke the national flag as well as female figures wearing the beribboned headpieces traditional to the Ukrainian culture and landscape that has been decimated by war.

Karin Clarke Gallery

When: June 29 through July 30, 2022; reception for the artists 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 1st, during the First Friday ArtWalk

Where: 760 Willamette St., Eugene

Gallery hours: Noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Information: 541-684-7963  or online at karinclarkegallery.com

Karin Clarke’s show of 25 small paintings reflect her experience during an artist’s residence in France’s Champagne region