Deborah Horrell
Light on the Wall:

The Last Works of Deborah Horrell (1953 - 2018)
January 3 - February 2, 2019

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Elizabeth Leach Gallery exhibits a special presentation, Light on the Wall: The Last Works of Deborah Horrell (1953 - 2018). In August 2018 the Portland, Oregon arts community mourned the passing of artist, teacher and mentor Deborah Horrell. Elizabeth Leach Gallery was honored to have worked with Horrell since 2001 and the exhibition focuses on artworks she created during the final year of her life.

Horrell’s studio practice included installation, sculpture and drawing. After working as a ceramist for many years, her interest turned to glass vessels and images of the natural world which addressed themes related to the fragility of the human condition. She revisited the subjects of memory and mortality throughout her practice and the exhibition, Light on the Wall, features a selection of intimate works on paper that address nature’s resiliency, growth and decay. Evocative and detailed drawings of heads, hands and birds possess a luminous, dreamlike quality and demonstrate Horrell’s masterful ability to communicate challenging subject matter with great beauty and poignancy.


Exhibiting Images:


Untitled (bird hand)
glass, vitreous enamel, ceramic and wood
2017-18
13 x 9.5 x 4.5 inches

 
Untitled (hummingbird)
vitreous enamel glass
2018
1.75 x 3.5 inches

 
Untitled (hand pointing finger)
vitreous enamel glass
2016-18
3.5 x 7.75 inches

 
Untitled (six illustrated tiles)
vitreous enamel ceramic
2016-18
12 x 12.5 inches

 
In Hand
gouache, prismacolor, silver leaf and wood
2017-18
24 x 12.5 inches

 
Wailer
vitreous enamel glass
2016-17
13.75 x 17.5 x 3.5 inches

 
Smiling for Fra Angelico, Smiling for Fridah
gouache ink and gold leaf
2018
12 x 9 inches

 
Untitled (eye looking down)
gouache
2018
7.25 x 13.25 x 2 inches

 
Untitled (bird skull)
prismacolor ink and paper
2017
14.25 x 9.5 x 1 inches

 
Untitled (bird skull fabric)
prismacolor ink and paper
2017
14.5 x 10.5 x 1 inches

 
Untitled (four hands & pod)
vitreous enamel ceramic
2018
13.25 x 10.25 x 2 inches

 
Untitled (Madonna-halo)
gouache, ink and prismacolor
2018
11.5 x 9.25 x 2 inches

 
Untitled (Madonna-white)
gouache ink
2018
13.25 x 10.25 x 2 inches

 
Untitled (lungs)
gouache ink
2017-18
11.5 x 14.25 x 1 inches

 
Recurring Dream
vitreous enamel ceramic
2017-18
7.25 x 13.25 x 2 inches

 
Untitled (eye looking up)
gouache
2018
7.25 x 13.25 x 2 inches

 
Untitled (emerging birds)
vitreous enamel glass
2018
12.25 x 8.5 x 1.25 inches

 
Squeezed Inside
gouache ink and nails
2018
13.25 x 10.25 x 2 inches

 
Hole In My Head
gouache ink
2018
13.25 x 10.25 x 2 inches

 
Like a Hat
wood, gouache, graphite and glass
2017
13.5 x 10.5 x 2 inches

 
Hope and Denial
wood, gouache
2017
15.25 x 12.25 x 2 inches

 
Web of Unknowns
wood, gouache, ink, glass
2017
13.5 x 10.5 x 2 inches

 
Held Inside
wood, ink, glass
2017
13.5 x 10.5 x 2 inches

 
Crowned
wood, gouache, glass
2017
13.5 x 10.5 x 2 inches