A painter drawing influence from nature or other artists is nothing new, but I have to wonder how many contemporary artists are likely to be found frequenting the deserts of the Southwest, wandering around gazing at art painted, glazed or carved on the walls of mountains, canyons or caves thousands of years ago. Well, there's at least one, because Johnnie Winona Ross' latest collection is said to be a reflection of the influence he's drawn from the ancient artwork and landscape of the Southwest. His paintings, which are often compared to the work of Agnes Martin and Mark Rothko, start as he slowly pours thin streams of paint down canvases tilted on their side. Then, scraping away most of the paint from the canvas, Ross leaves only faint traces of color behind. He then repaints the canvas, sometimes as many 150 times, creating a layering effect that resembles a basket weave. On exhibit through November 29, Ross returns to the Barry Whistler Gallery, 2909-B Canton St., for his second solo show, Deep Creek Seeps. The collection incorporates five paintings, three prints and one additional print from his self-titled deluxe edition book. The gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and by appointment. Call 214-939-0242 or visit barrywhistlergallery.com.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Oct. 31. Continues through Nov. 29, 2008