“Haiku -- Art as Poetry for the Eye,” featuring landscape artists Morgan Green and Tom de Walt, opens Thursday, June 1, and continues through June 30 at Gallery Los Olivos.
Green, a pastelist, and de Walt, an oil painter, present new landscapes and seascapes. Each work is displayed alongside its own poem “sketch,” a specially crafted haiku, which is a short form of Japanese verse. The aim is to give viewers art and verse to enjoy together.
“Art and poetry naturally go together. In my view, art is poetry rather than the flat literal description of prose,” Green said. “Our choice of subject, color palette and visual composition try to evoke emotions rather than merely state literal fact. That’s the fun of it.”
The paintings are mostly Central Coast and regional scenes. The haiku poem written for each piece conveys some of the artist’s motivating thoughts.
De Walt’s contemporary realist paintings with their distinctive graphic elements are in collections of many collectors. A patron member of the California Art Club, his art is rooted in a decadeslong love for the local coast and its surf scene.
Green’s work springs from the California Impressionist tradition, with particular attention to quality and mood of light. She has received regional and national attention, and achieved Signature Artist status with the Pastel Society of the West Coast.
De Walt will be at the gallery all day June 13 to greet visitors. Green will be there June 23.
For more information, visit gallerylosolivos.com.