Picture the Sound

Peggy Gyulai creates luscious paintings from listening to music, but the songs aren't just for inspiration. They inform everything about Gyulai's canvases: the textures, the forms, the style of painting. Gyulia deconstructs jazz, classical and other kinds of music, and reinterprets it in oil. She's doing it these days before an audience of art-goers at the de Young Museum, where she's an artist-in-residence. In the wrong hands, painting to music could be a gimmick. In Gyulai's hands, the works are inspired, mysterious, and beautiful which is why her de Young residency is the latest in a series of honors and commissions, including being a painter-in-residence with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and an Artist-in-Residence at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Based in San Francisco, Gyulai is painting with audiences at the de Young through Sept. 1, Wednesdays through Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. But the best time to see her is Friday, Aug. 23, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., during her special artist's reception, and Saturday, Aug. 24, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., when Gyulai is collaborating with violinist Gloria Justen, a former concertmaster for the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. Justen has composed music just for that day, with recorded loops that will add an even loftier dimension to Gyulia's work.

Aug. 23-Sept. 1, 2013
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