Four Local Artists Mount Solo Shows at Art League Houston

Exhibitions open this Friday, Feb 18.

By Amarie Gipson February 15, 2022

Brian Ellison pays tribute to Black grandmothers in his solo exhibition Backbone at Art League Houston, opening Friday, Feb 18. Work entitled: Aunt Mary, 2021 courtesy of the artist and Art League Houston. 

Image: Brian Ellison

This Friday, four exhibitions are taking over each gallery in Art League Houston’s Montrose headquarters. Solo presentations of work by photographer Brian Ellison, and painters Bradley Kerl and Kathy Drago will be open concurrently through April 16. A new sculpture by multidisciplinary artist Ronald Llewellyn Jones will live in the ALH’s Sculpture Garden through May 14. 

A public conversation featuring all of the artists will take place the day after the opening, Feb 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Here’s a snapshot of Art League Houston’s four upcoming exhibitions:

Brian Ellison 

Main Gallery 

In his work, Tulsa-born photographer Brian Ellison documents the everyday Black experiences, from love to parenthood and gentrification. For his solo presentation in ALH Main Gallery, Backbone, Ellison puts his lens on Black grandmothers to celebrate their strength and regality. The exhibition features a series of artifacts, photographs, performances and video interviews. 

Kathy Drago 

Hallway Gallery

Late features close to 100 of Kathy Drago’s Polaroid-style paintings of women aged 75 and up. Derived from quick cell phone images and obituary photos, these intimate portraits began as a way for Drago to reckon with the loss of her mother. Collectively, they offer a meditation on age, beauty, wisdom and mortality. 

Bradley Kerl

Front Gallery

In & Out surveys two-and-a-half years' worth of paintings by Bradley Kerl. Rendered in his signature, naturalistic style, this new series reflects on the uncertainty of the world and how painting creates windows and portals into the unknown. The Southeast Texas-born artist and educator takes inspiration from his children and paints from the world around him.  

Ronald Llewellyn Jones 

Sculpture Garden 

A newly commissioned sculpture by Ronald Llewellyn Jones entitled, A Way [A Will]  will live in ALH's outdoor gallery.  Jones is known for his guerilla-style approach to outdoor installations, creating abstract sculptures that explore access and networks.  

For more information on Art League Houston’s exhibitions and programs, visit here.

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