San Diegan Deloss McGraw is one of those super-articulate, super-literate artists who graphs that sensibility onto a folkish figurative format. The combination of art that's really smart but plays possum can ring fake, but in McGraw's hands it has the alluring charm of a kid precocious enough to intrigue us, innocent enough to convince us.
Not long ago McGraw illustrated a poetic version of the classic story "Frankenstein." His drawings did not depict the story literally but, like Chagall's dreamy narratives, reverberated around it. In a current series of gouache and pastel paintings and a few engaging sculptures, McGraw's strategy is the same.