Luca Bray’s Muted Color Palette on View at Gallery Nine 5

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NEW YORK, NY.- Luca Bray is a profoundly introspective artist. His muted color palette, diffusion of the picture plane, and juxtaposition of meditative atmospheres with underlying energy imbue each work with a sophistication and clarity of expression. Bray’s poignant canvases evoke a strong sense of nostalgia— the intangibility of line; intermittent, fragmentary sentences; and nebulous forms all hint that the artist is searching for a hidden meaning, just beyond our grasp. The lyricism of his works derives from the delicate interplay of expanses of color, paint spatters and smears, imprints from antique Indian stamps, and sporadic fragments of dancing charcoal scrawls. Transparent and opaque fields provide a dynamic counterpoint to the rhythmic placement of paint. Before finishing each work, Bray floods a corner in his studio allowing the painted canvases to become partially or fully submerged in water. The resulting fluid and amorphous areas of color lend a graceful s