Equations and symbols = art

By From page B12 | January 10, 2014

gold lion a gold lion bJoin visual artist and classical composer Greg La Traille at his new exhibition “The EquationArt of Greg La Traille,” at Gold Lion Arts, 2733 Riverside Blvd. in Sacramento. An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 6-9 p.m.

The exhibit features a selection of oil paintings by La Traille, including a series known as “EquationArt.”

These are paintings that incorporate actual famous equations, using the shapes of the equation symbols as artistic objects and further symbolizing the meanings within the equations visually, through the painterly use of color, texture, shape and perspective as well as the mathematical aspects of retrograde and inversion of colors and objects — cerebral, yet beautiful abstract art  that communicates.

La Traille is an American composer and visual artist. He has been drawing and painting since childhood. Due to a childhood heart problem which prevented participation in sports, La Traille took up art, including model building and sculpture.

As an artist, La Traille has worked in oils, pencil and pen and ink. His “Rhythm-Ink” series, featuring classical and jazz musicians, captures the flow and dynamic feel of music in performance.

The style is reminiscent of Art Deco and the Jazz Age. Several of these are also in the current exhibition. He also has works in oils, producing highly individual landscapes, portraits and abstract designs.

An early interest in music was perked by his father’s love of Stravinsky and jazz and his mother’s love of Broadway musicals. La Traille began piano lessons at an early age and while still in high school composed piano music, chamber music and orchestral works including a viola concerto and a four movement symphony.

While at Arizona State University, he studied with composers Ronald Lo Presti and Grant Fletcher as well as occasional private composition lessons with the visiting Vincent Persichetti, who spoke highly of La Traille’s concertos.

Through the 1990s, La Traille was the overseas classical music sales director for Tower Records. He set up classical music departments in Tower stores in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea.

For more information contact Gold Lion Arts at [email protected] or call 916-281-0400. The gallery is open Monday through Friday afternoons or by appointment.

Gold Lion Arts

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