When Richard Huntington began splitting his time between Buffalo and central Mexico nearly a decade ago, it didn’t take long for the visual and artistic landscape of his adopted hometown south of the border to seep into his paintings. Huntington, the News’ former art and theater critic whose painting career has taken off since his retirement in 2006, will exhibit a new series of paintings inspired by Mexican art and culture in “RE-MIXico,” opening Friday in Casa de Arte (141 Elmwood Ave.).
The paintings are a continuation of work first exhibited in 2007 in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
“As with my previous art,” Huntington wrote in a statement, “I reveled in the commingling of the art of the streets and the wildly creative if sometimes awkward work of folk artists with the articulate images of modern and contemporary artists. I treated the found material as a kind of experimental digital collage in which parts and pieces are subjected to numerous manipulations and revisions.”
Also like his past series, Huntington said, the new work reflects “an art of paradox in which melancholy subjects at times must contend with violent scenes, which themselves are infiltrated with comic or absurdist elements or incongruously surrounded by cheerful decorative borders.”
The show opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through June 22. Call 240-9248 or visit casadeartegallery.org.
– Colin Dabkowski