Commemorate the prolific artistic achievements of two distinguished Delaware artists at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s exhibit, The Keepers of Color: Paintings by Marilyn Bauman and Edward Loper, Jr.
This exhibition celebrates the traditions of the Loper School of Art in Wilmington, Delaware and its approach to painting light, line, color, and space in a modernist method.
This next generation of artists exhibits their vibrant artwork from their private collections, some on public display for the first time. Loper is the son of the renowned Delaware artist and educator Edward L. Loper, Sr. and Bauman was one of his most devoted students.
Marilyn Bauman and Edward L. Loper, Jr. paint pictures revealing their individual interests in everyday visual experiences. Both artists credit Edward L. Loper, Sr. for sparking their perception of the power of color. However, their paintings reveal distinct differences in their pursuit of this goal. Marilyn employs intense color, sharp contrasts, and active lines in her paintings.
Her subjects range from portraits, to still life, to landscapes. Ed’s paintings are often an orchestration of Fauve-like color units organized into luminous color masses and compelling spatial intricacies. Marilyn and Ed choose and adapt relevant material to enhance their perception and fit their individual styles. The material exists both in their world and in the traditions, and it is this imaginative synthesis of the two aspects of the expressive process that inspires both of them to make pictures.