By Doug MacCash via The Times Picayune
Artist Francis X. Pavy‘s psychedelic swampscapes at Arthur Roger gallery are cosmic pleas for the unspoiled wetlands of the distant past. The Lafayette artist creates his splashy, colorful canvases with a pop art block printing technique. Each buzzingly busy image combines old-time textbook drawings of south Louisiana flora and fauna with geometric shapes and patterns to produce a seemingly endless ecological skein.
Pavy’s Jackson Pollock-like edge-to-edge compositions, some of which are mural-scale, give the impression that the pristine wetland wilderness runs on in all directions for all time. Which would appear to be Pavy’s prayer. The meddling hand of mankind is telling scarce in this suite of works.