Hespe Gallery presents new works by Wolfgang Bloch, beginning May 1 through 31, 2014. A reception will be held on Thursday, May 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The compellingly rich and experiential paintings of Wolfgang Bloch are reflective of the timelessness and depth of his relationship with nature-a relationship that was once sparked and has since been cultivated by the pristine beaches of Ecuador. While the delicate breaking of a single wave marvelously delineates the moment in which the sky and the earth meet, Bloch's paintings maintain a powerful sense of intensity and presence through the masterful use of space and materials. Bloch takes advantage of the inherent personalities and natural textures of his materials to complement and incite his abstracted coasts that are painted largely by the guidance of his intuition. Filled with discarded materials that have been collected over years, Bloch's studio fosters a process of playful material investigation that ultimately culminates into ethereal seascapes.

Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wolfgang Bloch grew up surfing avidly along secluded beaches. In pursuit of higher education, Bloch emigrated from Ecuador to the United States, where he received his BFA and BA in Design. Bloch's work has been collected by numerous corporate and private collections, and his work has been shown throughout Australia, Brazil, England, Japan, and the United States.

This will be Bloch's second solo exhibition at Hespe Gallery.