Jason Sacran, “Road Home,” oil, 12 x 16 in. © McBride Gallery 2017

How is it possible to break artistic rules and still create a great painting? That question has led to a compelling group exhibition for both the eyes and mind.

“Over the years,” writes McBride Gallery owner Cynthia McBride, “I have heard artists comment that a painting just delivered to the gallery ‘may have broken the rules’ but, ‘it’s one of my favorites!’ These are the same artists who teach workshops, instructing painters in the long-standing traditions for a well-designed composition. It made me curious.” The results? A fascinating group exhibition titled “Breaking the Rules.”

Carol Lee Thompson, “Passing Through Sunlight,” oil, 11 x 15 in. © McBride Gallery 2017
Carol Lee Thompson, “Passing Through Sunlight,” oil, 11 x 15 in. © McBride Gallery 2017

Opened on April 2, “Breaking the Rules” features several works that have used — and compensated for — “errors” in such traditional design principles as balance, harmony, and the rule of thirds, among others. Represented artists include Valerie Craig, Howard Eberle, Charlie Hunter, Abigail McBride, Terry Miller, Larry Moore, Jason Sacran, John Brandon Sills, and Carol Lee Thompson.

To learn more, visit McBride Gallery.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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