Pruys branches out with abstract art

Duane Hicks

Long known for her award-winning photorealistic artwork, Cher Pruys recently has expanded her oeuvre in the opposite direction.
Nonetheless, she’s still catching the eyes of her peers.
Two recent paintings, “Winter Solstice” and “Midnight in London,” both were accepted into the 2018 Elected & Associate Members Juried Abstract Online Exhibition.
These two works will be featured on the website from Oct. 1-Feb. 1.
“These are the first abstracts I have ever painted as I concentrate on realism painting,” Pruys told the Times.
“I decided to rise to the challenge, when dared by a fellow artist who I admire, to step out of my comfort zone and try the abstract approach,” she added.
“I am thrilled to have seen them both juried in to the competition,” Pruys enthused.
“I enjoyed creating the paintings as I was able to play with light which, of course, is an integral part of my realism works.”
Just like photorealistic paintings, good abstract paintings do have rules to follow, Pruys explained.
“They are not just splashed paint on canvas, but rather works that in order to be successful need careful planning and a developmental procedure,” she noted.
In related news, two of Pruys’ hyperrealistic pieces–“Entranced” and “Miss Virginia”–were featured in a story about the International Guild of Realism’s 13th-annual juried show in the October issue of American Art Collector magazine.
The show is being held at the prestigious Sugarman Peterson Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M. from Oct. 5-29.