Vivid Relics: Shawn McNulty and Michael Sweere


Opening Reception: June 3 rd , 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: June 3 rd -25 th 2017

Rosalux Gallery presents “Vivid Relics” – a new exhibition featuring the dynamic
paintings of Shawn McNulty and folk-inspired works by Michael Sweere. Each artist
creates work that commands the attention of the viewer, and both McNulty and Sweere
are featured in the U.S. Bank Stadium art collection.

Artery McNulty

Shawn McNulty’s signature abstractions have evolved over the past 20 years into a
more organic territory with some subtle ties back to his geometric pieces with rigid
edges. He utilizes a “shoe palette knife,” which allows him to work the canvas on the
floor with his feet, along with random tools like a Swiffer and pieces of plastic. The
result of this process is refreshing and innovative forms comprised of thick acrylic and
pumice, along with his masterful grasp of color theory. McNulty is essentially an action
painter, but there’s a heavy dose of energized color fields throughout his work, which
lend itself to a “calmness over chaos” vibe. His work can be found in private and
corporate collections all over the world including that of General Mills and President Bill


Musky Sweere

With the recent installation of his mural at the new Webber Park Library in Minneapolis,
Michael Sweere shifts gears and brings something completely different to Rosalux
Gallery in June. Mr. Sweere’s affinity of American folk art is evident in his newest
installation. A detour from his familiar mosaic work, the exhibition features a wide
range of polychromed (painted) woodcarvings. His characters – inspired
by imagination, native tales and urban folklore invite viewers of all ages to experience
the wonder of “Folk-O- Rama.”

Banner Images:

Tombstone, Shawn McNulty 40×80” (diptych) acrylic and pumice on canvas

Animal Woodcarvings, Michael Sweere – various sizes

Press Release Images:

Artery, Shawn McNulty, 40″ x 40″ acrylic and pumice on canvas

Muskie, Michael Sweere, Tin-wrapped woodcarving



City of Heroes: New Works by John Diebel + Travels: Paintings by David Malcolm Scott

Rosalux Gallery is proud to present a double feature in November, 2011: City of Heroes: New works by John Diebel and Travels: Paintings by David Malcolm Scott.

City of Heroes: New works by John Diebel

With highly structured collage-based images Diebel evokes the era of European totalitarian regimes, exploring their use of architecture as political expression while bridging the gap between idealized conception and the less inspiring truths that arose after construction. Diebel’s polychromatic compositions represent distillations of actual archetypal edifices in Central and Eastern European cities; buildings which today- even when festooned with large-scale advertisements for free-market consumer goods- reveal a tortured history of war, political terror, and contrived civic happiness.

Diebel summons up a visual concurrence in some of his pieces by employing a false 3-dimensional perspective reminiscent of 1980s video games. Buildings angle across the viewing plane as a metaphor for an ideologically conceived path toward a future with no vanishing point. Within this device is expressed a subtle irony, as video game technology was on the rise at precisely the moment that European dictatorships were falling. As Diebel sees it, ultimately both video games and the remnants of fallen regimes represent virtual worlds which are today romanticized, reviled and encapsulated in outdated artifacts.

John Diebel on Flickr

Travels: Paintings by David Malcolm Scott

The paintings of David Malcolm Scott act as a cross-temporal dialogue between the artist and our environment, revealing to us a visual abstraction of the collision between the man-made and the natural worlds. Long and horizontal in dimension (and often taking the form of a scroll), Scott’s watercolor paintings tell visual stories of places and events through time. The artist’s understanding of the spatial reverberations at the intersection of human and environmental forces is further enhanced by his training as an architect, particularly notable in his deft renderings of cityscapes and ancient ruins.

The paintings in Scott’s latest series of work reflect over twenty years of travel, research, and study. Places as far-flung as China and the deserts of the American Southwest, as well as locations closer to his home in Minneapolis are explored in metaphysical timelines. As a corollary to the diversity of his subject matter, Scott’s work incorporates a variety of media beyond watercolor, such as pencil and ink drawing, collage and photography. The resulting work draws the viewer into a rich, non-verbal history recorded in rivers, prairies, lunar cycles and human settlements. 

Exhibit runs: November 4- 27, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7-11 PM