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Today’s Events

  • Apr 5
    Robert Lyons, Matthew Picton Apr 05 to Jun 02 @Elizabeth Leach Gallery
  • Apr 26
    Brad McLemore & Reed Clarke & Ralph Davis Apr 26 to May 29 @Guardino Gallery
  • Apr 29
    Phenomena Apr 29 to May 26 @Butters Gallery
  • May 1
    (IR)REGULAR May 01 to Jun 02 @Froelick Gallery
  • May 2
    Waiting Room May 02 to Jun 02 @PDX Contemporary Art
  • May 3
    Steve Tilden and Stephan Soihl May 03 to May 27 @Blackfish Gallery
  • May 3
    Geography of Hope May 03 to May 28 @Gallery 903
  • May 3
    Alyson Provax "you i everything else" May 03 to Jul 01 @Wolff Gallery
  • May 3
    Al Stone May 03 to May 27 @Gallery 114
  • May 3
    Juxtapositions May 03 to Jun 02 @Russo Lee Gallery

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William Hernandez, Painter

I am a figurative artist
I am a figurative artist and who paints exclusively with acrylic on canvas. In my artistic process, there is always a period of reflection and observation before the production of my latest series. When I pick up my paintbrush, it is often a hectic rush of artistic outlet to transpose the contents in my head to the canvas. Acrylic, with its fast drying properties, works best with my style. I rarely use sketches, so my creations are spontaneous and unannounced, and sometimes even surprising to myself. The colorful, imaginative, dreamlike, and at times melancholic world that I create in Portland is both a combination and rebirth of my life as the artist I was in Peru five years ago. I weave together memories, experiences, lessons, loss, friendships, achievements, and feelings. Portland’s colors contrast with the beautiful landscapes of the interiors of Peru, but the gloomy backdrop of Lima also contains magic and rituals beyond what is found in a more intimate city like Portland. I try to capture these flashes of insight rooted in people and place with my signature style, hoping that what finds its way to the canvas will evoke a personal response from the viewer, thus creating a bridge crossing divides between cultures.