Gvido Augusts, 84, stands in one of his studio spaces in front of “Specters of the Revolution“ holding an owl (found throughout his body of work) drawn on cardboard. His home is filled with a lifetime worth of art (sketchbooks, paintings, prints, books, woodwork, and metalwork) in closets, on walls and even in the garage.
Tina Green-Price, director and gallery curator for the Giustina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University, contemplates the best arrangement of Augusts’ paintings in “A Contemporary Exhibit” which is on display November 1 - December 11.
Gvido shows off one of his recent sketchbooks to visitors during the exhibit’s reception on November 9. Seven other Oregon artists were also featured and present at the event.
Augusts explains a shortcut to learning how to draw proportions: begin by tracing objects on a magazine page and then enhance the image by adding your own design. Use this sketch as a prototype for a painting.
Rasma, Augusts' wife of 53 years, gives her input on something related to the event. Rasma and their son Gundars manage Augusts’ art career including the business and marketing.