As another Richmond summer comes to a close, Quirk has invited local artist, Chris Milk Hulburt to exhibit new work that celebrates some of the best parts of the season: the sun, the heat, the music, the adventures, and---of course---love.
This is a story about summer. This is a story painted in a hot defunct Broom factory in cut-off jeans on the longest hottest days. This is a story about driftwood collected from tiny secret beaches. These are the greens and blues of summer. The summer whites of summer. They're cool spots in the dog days.
This is a story about returning to my lost love of drawing, and my forever love of summer, and my falling into the deepest love ever. This is a show about love.
This is a story of favorite summer songs played over and then, this is a story about rising up, again. A favorite season in a too-hot town.
Hello, sun. Thank you, Summer. Thank you, love.
"Summer Love" opens in The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel on Thursday, August 31 with a reception from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Hulburt's latest exhibition will include new paintings, drawings, and other treasures created in the last several months. His signature work has been a staple of Quirk Gallery for many years (though this is his first formal exhibit in Quirk's new location).
Chris Milk Hulburt is a self taught artist working and living with his family in Richmond, Virginia. His bright, evocative work draws on familiar geography, flora, and fauna to convey the unsung magic of small moments and unregistered details. He works primarily in paint on wood, but also makes large scale public commissions, textiles, and sculpture. His work has been shown in galleries in New York, Providence,Virginia and North Carolina, but is largely done on commission for private collections. Musical and iconic, his paintings draw on the stylistic traditions of folk and naive art, imbued with tender humor and haunting poignancy.