Ash Almonte’s art seems to spill, twist and splatter with an uncommon sensibility that she describes as “raw” and “real,” two words that serve as a splendid introduction to both her emotional intelligence and her predilection for unleashing her feelings on canvas in the form of graphite and enamel, oil and acrylic paint.
It’s hardly surprising that Almonte’s upcoming exhibition at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery is hotly anticipated by Austinites as well as a burgeoning group of national collectors. Art enthusiasts new and experienced can see her work beginning February 2, and running until the 27th. Almonte will be present at Russell Collection Fine Art on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 6 – 8 p.m. The event is open to the public and an RSVP is requested.
Almonte’s mixed media show, “Emma,” pays homage to the recent birth of her daughter with a collection of roughly 20 new works. Her signature boldness is ever present, and the latest works coming from Almonte’s mind are dense with vibrance and visual luxuriance, so long-time fans are sure to be pleased. On the other hand, motherhood has admittedly changed her artistic vision, and viewers will discover that her new works pop with a more abstract flare, demonstrating a new, energetic aspect of her abilities. Early followers of Almonte’s career know that her work combines emotional resonance with a sense of purpose to create a spectacle to behold.
Almonte, among other things, is also finely attuned to the difficulties felt by foster children and manages to merge her consummate artistic flair with compassionate work in the form of her altruistic passion, “Hopefully Sow.” The latter is an organization she helped found to aid children during their transition into foster care, and proceeds from her work help ensure that foster children enjoy art classes, field trips and a welcome gift when they arrive at their new home.
Almonte has been making art since she graduated from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas and her work is featured in an impressive array of private and corporate collections throughout the Southwest. Add to this, the talent that enables Almonte to produce fiery canvases exploring visual imagery with uncommon nuance and you have an amazing body of work that needs to be on your agenda to see.
For newcomers to the art realm, the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery is a great place to begin your journey. The gallery has assembled a permanent collection of roughly 100 original works that span the history of art from 1600 to the present. Widely considered to be the premier visual arts gallery in Central Texas, it infuses its permanent holdings with fresh acquisitions.