San Antonio Contemporary Art Gallery


May 9

Opening Reception: May 9, 2014 6 pm – 10:00 pm

326 W Josephine San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 827-7652


Ricardo Santiago Jaén

Artist Statement:
My mixed media oil paintings deconstruct connections between people and spaces within the context of my personal relationships. Influenced by the Cubist and Surrealist movements, my work is comprised of fragmented layers, bold colors and textures,distinct patterns, and most recently sound. These components rebuild distant memories and emotive experiences into a visual composite that allows for audiences to derive new meaning from the original inspiration.

Quicker Short Description of collection that will be on display:

New series of contemporary figurative mixed media oil paintings.
Interactive cubist inspired paintings that invite the viewer to gaze into a world of multiple perspectives, rich textures, and vibrant colors while being immersed in fields of sound.

James Daniel Soto

James Soto started with a self study of Japanese Sumi-e ink painting while learning to write Haiku poetry. Later he  continued using pencil and charcoal to draw landscapes.
In classes, James began by painting in acrylic and oils, later switching  mediums and continues to create ceramic works of  places that evoke tranquility where there is a peaceful coexisting harmony between nature and humans.
James is currently finishing classes for a Bachelor in Arts with a Focus in Ceramics at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Bernard J Taylor


While having been involved in graphic design, photography and other artwork for most of his career, Bernard J Taylor  first began painting in earnest in1998. After completing a number of canvases on his own, he approached Dale Inglis, a lecturer in art in London, England, whose works have been exhibited at the National Theatre in London. Inglis told Bernard that he already had an “extraordinary” and unique style and technique of his own and told him not to seek advice but to develop along his own lines. He compared Bernard’s work with that of Vincent Van Gogh in his “direct communication with the canvas” and his unique individuality of style, along with his unpretentious subject matter .
After settling in Columbus, Ohio in 2002, Bernard produced a number of new canvases and won a number of prizes (including first prize in his first-ever competition) after joining the Worthington Art League. The president, Bill Westerman,  Artist in Residence with the US Department of the Interior and two-term president of the Worthington Area Art League in Columbus, commented at the time: “Many of Bernard’s paintings are outstanding.  He has a distinctive style of his own (which many artists fail to achieve in a lifetime). He has an excellent way of handling color. I can see his work appealing both to sophisticated art lovers and those who simply like beautiful works of art.” Paul Hammock, Docent at the Columbus Museum of Art, said: “Bernard has drawn together a lot interesting modern elements to create a unique style, defying traditional concepts of depth and perspective.”   Recently, after reviewing his latest portfolio Dale Inglis told Bernard, “You appear to have been incredibly prolific. The work is assured and the ideas fully realized.  You have found a way of working that is coherent and instantly recognizable.  The broken color glows and vibrates.  I find the landscapes in particular very convincing.  The light is lively and  impressionistic yet the compositions have a compelling monumental gravitas.” After Bernard completed a series of sunset paintings, Inglis wrote in February, 2014: You are definitely onto a winner with this body of work.  The handling of the paint is rich, exciting and varied.  The use of color is at once subtle and dramatic. The imagery is clear and emphatic but hovers tantalisingly on the verge of abstraction.  The paintings are as much about color, texture and light as they are about atmospheric events in the real world.  The use of white, yellow and red to startle the retina into an almost defensive response is stunningly effective.”

Artist’s website:

Jahred Astwood

My design, is a style of work that I have been familiar with over the past  two decades. Drawing nudes at a very young age, I feel I am very well-versed and knowledgeable about the human figure and it’s unique features. My influences come from heavy interest from the late Baroque Period in Italy, High Renaissance Art expanded all over Europe and a mixture of some Sequential art in the Modern Day. My intent is to play with the background and foreground in a way that is both suggestive and undefined. Focusing specifically on people as my catalyst to my work is part of my love of Classical/Romantic Art as well as continually pushing proportion with my large scale work. Implementing mixed mediums between paints, charcoal, and other two-dimensional tools helps create this aesthetic confusion I desire. I feel that experimenting with grayscale or monotone study, against vibrant color that is explained in between flat and three-dimensional form makes an alluring composition. I feel obligated to make these suggestive humans because I am learning more about myself in the creative process of this work. In the complexity of being human in itself, it is representational of the inferred forms in my work instead of being completely accurate. Meaning I want some things to get lost in the work.

Qing Liu

Trees and Branches II

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