By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Northeast Portland artist CJ Hurley will have his artwork featured in an exhibit called Houses, Landscapes, Flowers & Dreams: Paintings and Drawings. The exhibit will take place at The Chur Gallery at The Historic Roycroft Campus. The exhibit is supported in part by an artist grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
The work of Roycroft Renaissance Master Artist CJ Hurley reveals his love for nature, the importance of humankind’s relationship to nature and the relevance of nature to our well-being and the health of the earth.
Hurley strives to unify art and life, incorporating art into our everyday living environments. With his ongoing series Houses, Landscapes, Flowers and Dreams, he hopes the art will bring individuals to a new sense of awe and respect for nature and our place in it. Whether by studies of individual flower species, landscape paintings, images of houses acting in harmony with nature, or attempts at expressing a mystic understanding of the natural world, nature is paramount in Hurley’s body of work.
CJ Hurley is one of two Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisans on the West Coast. He lives in a 1913 home in Laurelhurst with his wife and business partner, Barbara Pierce.
Together they operate Century Arts, a small studio dedicated to fine art and design consultation for older homes. The couple will be relocating this summer to be closer to aging parents, but they will maintain their work for clients in Portland and the Pacific Northwest. CJ will also continue to have art available through the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery.