Ian Shults: Common Drugs and the Fantasies They Produce

Ian Shults: Common Drugs and the Fantasies They Produce . March 2-31, 2024

Opening reception on Saturday, March 2 from 5 to 7pm

Taunting societal taboos with bold brushstrokes and sly editing skills, Shults’ figurative paintings are lusciously cinematic. Each piece is broken up by planes and layers of paint, causing an asymmetry that serves to break up the painting's space as well as the layers of time captured. Shults’ paintings recall a bygone era when the sheen of the American Dream dulled; his focus, the dynamic between the patriarchy and feminism. This show, filled with lust, loss and libations, conveys a sense of unabashed mischief.

preview show

Established in 1980 and located in a 120 year old historic house, the Wally Workman Gallery specializes in emerging and collected talent. Known for encouraging their artists' professional and creative growth, the gallery has advanced local artists onto the national stage for decades. It is the combination of these long-standing relationships and the potential of new partnerships that make the gallery's program dynamic and accessible. The gallery has two stories of exhibition space where one can view the 50+ artists currently represented, including the contemporary talents of Sarah Ferguson, Joyce Howell and Will Klemm as well as the figurative work of Patrick Puckett and America Martin. 

Parking is available in the lot behind the gallery, accessed from the alley off Blanco and Harthan Streets. There you will find two dedicated spots as well as other parking options. Unrestricted street parking is available on Blanco St. and parking is allowed after 7pm on Harthan St. Valet parking is available on Blanco St, in front of Elle's.