Ingrained is a group of Austin artists who highlight wood grain in their visual styles and conceptual content. Members Linda Wandt, Caroline Walker, Aimée Everette, Thomas Cook, and Alicia Philley are currently creating a show for the Georgetown Art Center that opens in July 2020.

Artist: Linda Wandt

www.lindawandt.com

Linda Wandt asks us to look more closely at the human effect on nature, and to find awe in the evolution of the world we live in. Her wood panel paintings, featuring personality-filled honey bees, plants and other local pollinators, are at first glance whimsical. “Painting these creatures on top of the age rings of wood is a celebration of natural cycles, of the intricate wonders and fascinating mechanisms insects and plants have evolved to provide food for themselves and so many other creatures, including us humans.”

Linda Wandt is an Austin based oil painter who has been showing her work in Austin since 2007. While she is primarily focused on narrative and symbolic figurative and portrait painting, for Ingrained Linda will create a series that pulls inspiration from her Honey Bee Series on clear coated panels as well as an older series of "Phosphorus Flowers" - black light reactive Gouache paintings, that she will revisit in oils. Delving deeper into botanical imagery, Linda will examine the relationships between the wood grain of the substrate, other pollinators, and carnivorous plants representing growth and decay.


Artist: Caroline Walker

http://carolinewalker.com/

Caroline Walker is constantly looking for new meeting points between traditional materials and technology. In her latest creations she uses the ancient art medium of wood and combines it with augmented reality. “The flowing lines of the plywood end grain in the physical sculptures combine with digital animations of whirling particles seen through augmented reality, creating a surreal dance.” A dance that spans literal ages, from the primitive art of early man to the modern world of kids who play Pokemon Go.


Artist: Aimée Everett

https://www.aimeemeverett.com/

Silence is powerful. Silence can also be harmful if used in the wrong ways. In my work, I am aiming to break these silences that have been handed down generation after generation. As women, we have been conditioned to bear and grin all the challenges we face. As a woman of color, that silence is compounded and extends beyond misogyny. I am aiming to dismantle this behavior by creating my own language. The formation of this language began with me writing down my experiences, feelings, and thoughts. Taking those writings, I recreated these thoughts, through minimal line making, color, composition, and form. Each piece is a visual snapshot of the situations and feelings that I have experienced, confronting traumas, societal woes, and ultimately seeking to bring an understanding of self. I’ve chosen wood as the support for my work because like people, no one piece is alike. The wood also lends its voice to my paintings through grain. By allowing the grain to remain visible, we see its’ life lines; I am letting it reveal its story along with mine. The use of these minimal lines has become a new language, my Morse code, my vehicle for breaking the silence, with each line having its own meaning and pulse.


Artist: Thomas Cook

http://thomascookart.com

Realist painter Thomas Cook uses his work to shed an ethereal light on how human expansion changes the natural landscape. The almost monochromatic night scenes of urban streets and buildings, with light poles, cell phone towers and construction, sit absent of their creators. “By not just exposing—but highlighting with stain—the grain of the wood panels I’m working on, the literal growth rings of trees is present behind my paintings, which reveal the unheeded growth of urbanization.

Thomas Cook is an oil painter in Austin TX. Born in Baltimore MD, he studied painting at Savannah College of Art and Design, and lived in Savannah GA for over a decade. After through hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2010, the allure of mountains took him to Salt Lake City UT. Pursuing art and warm weather Thomas came to Austin TX in 2015. Referencing both natural and urban landscapes Thomas paints from photographs he collects building stories of his past and observations of the city around him."


Artist: Alicia Philley

www.aliciaphilley.com

Alicia Philley stains the wood grain with saturated color before painting waving lines that evoke water, nature and sky. As a mom, she has spent some of her most joyous days with her daughters splashing in or sitting beside creeks around Austin and the Hill Country. The constantly changing light in the sky, colors from plants and sparkles on the water inspire her heavily saturated abstractions. “The wood grain has become an uncharted path that I sometimes follow and sometimes meander off of. I want my paintings to feel like a friend who is sharing the memory of a beautiful day.”

 

Instinct II
Linda Wandt
Oil on panel
16" x 20''
Cactus Bloom
Alicia Philley
Acrylic on birch panel
24"x24"
Clearing Debris
Thomas Cook
Oil and graphite on wood panel
8"x8"
Aimée Everett
Earth
Caroline Walker
Wood, Paint and Steel
5"x5"x14''
Bee III (Sampson)
Linda Wandt
Oil on Panel
8"x8"

Drought Tolerant III
Alicia Philley
Acrylic on birch panel
40"x40"

Rise Above
Thomas Cook
Oil and graphite on wood panel
8"x8"
Aimée Everett
Water
Caroline Walker
Wood, Steel, Paint & Pencil
9"x9"x38''
Bee IV (Leon)
Linda Wandt
Oil on panel
8" x 8''
Haxy Reflections II (Small)
Alicia Philley
Acrylic on birch panel
8"x8"
Silhouettes of Growth
Thomas Cook
Oil and graphite on wood panel
8"x8"
Fire
Caroline Walker
Wood, Paint and Steel, Augmented Reality
Water with Augmented Reality
Caroline Walker