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Figuratively Seeing
Paintings by Luis Alvarez Roure
and James Russell May

March 2 - 23, 2013

with Portrait Painting Demonstration by Mr. Roure on March 24



The new exhibition at the Crary Art Gallery has humanity in sharp focus. Two vibrant and skilled artists bring their paintings and drawings together here. Their common thread is the expressive qualities the two artists bring forth from their subjects in different ways.

The paintings of Luis Alvarez Roure and James Russell May both explore the potential of human figures and facial expressions to convey meaning.


Mr. May brings narrative into the picture, and uses classical mythology as a conduit for reflection on themes of universal concern. His subjects' eyes are focused, often as not, directly on the viewer. Even the eyes on severed heads are engaged in such disarming communication. Besides the narrative and expressive tone he brings to his work, evident too is the artist's experimental approach to the varied surfaces he achieves with alkyd resins. Mr. May is based in Louisville, KY, and holds a degree in Fine Art from Savannah College of Art and Design.

James Russell May

Luis Alvarez Roure, a classical pianist and educator as well as a painter, takes a more formal approach to his subjects through his subtly revealing portraiture. He paints directly from his model in alla prima paintings ("all at once"), and works with these studies to enhance his more detailed portraits. His incisive observations are reflected in his subjects' expressions, to reveal much life below the surface. The rich subtleties of line and color need to be seen in person. Mr. Alvarez Roure studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League in New York City and lives in nearby New Jersey.

Luis Alvarez-Roure
Luis Alvarez-Roure



Podcast interviews: Luis Alvarez Roure   /   James Russell May
Artists' websites:
Luis Alvarez Roure  /  James Russell May
News article about the show: Humanity in Focus
News article about the portrait demonstration

Portrait painting demonstration