AV Framing Gallery

The oil paintings of Cincinnati-based Adam Hayward depict the natural world in a way that's sometimes surreal, sometimes phantasmagorical. In "The Rapture of Gibraltar" you see a treetop depicted against a swirling red sky that you'd more likely see in a dream than in nature. The depiction isn't so different from what you might find in a Chinese painting but the eerie light - the artist's conception of it - is entirely Western. In Hayward's canyon landscape "The Brook" you can see what he calls a "dynamic symmetry" where the bark of the tree rising out of an outcrop of rock seems like an extension of the rock itself. His landscapes, Hayward acknowledges, betray the influence of Maxfield Parrish who was, in turn, influenced by Japanese landscape painting. But the particular melding of East and West that you see on Hayward's canvases is original and well worth a visit. Through Oct. 31; 317-356-3776, www.avframinggallery.com

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Arts Editor

Dan Grossman is NUVO's arts editor.