"John Alexander: Life on a Merry-Go-Round"

There's only one painting in Beaumont-born artist John Alexander's show "Life on a Merry-Go-Round," currently at McClain Gallery, but it's a doozy. The name of both the exhibit and the piece, Life on a Merry-Go-Round is an oil painting of a bunch of grim-faced, wacky-masked people riding a carousel decorated with demon heads, cow skulls and the faces of scary-looking clowns oh, and a few owls and monkeys. Layered with a sense of dread, Life on a Merry-Go-Round looks like what Hieronymus Bosch would have painted if he'd ever visited a Barnum & Bailey production.

You don't create a work this good without a lot of preparation, and the McClain Gallery is also showing the sketches of forlorn weirdoes and odd animals Alexander produced as practice. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through June 12. 2242 Richmond. For information, call 713-520-9988 or visit www.mcclaingallery.com. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: May 7. Continues through June 12, 2010

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