Coniferous, (36" x 36", mixed media on canvas), has been juried into the Western Massachusetts Biennial on view through the end of the month at the Hosmer Gallery in Northampton. Opening reception this Friday (10/13) 5-8pm. Hope to see some of you there.
Coniferous, 36" x 36", from the Sensorium series, has been accepted into the Northampton Biennial and will be on view at the Hosmer Gallery there in October. Happy to be showing with the other fine artists in the exhibition.
Happy to say that these three paintings are going to a collector in Manhattan intending to hang them as a sort of extended triptych, 12" between them and thus spanning ten feet by 30" high
I'll be showing new work from my Sensorium series in a show at the beautiful Diana Felber Gallery (www.dianafelbergallery.com) out in the Berkshires from May 5 through June 11. Opening reception 3 to 6pm Sunday May 14th. Sinfonia, 60" x 60" (pictured here) will be in the show. Hope to see some of you there.
Happy to announce my paintings Sinfonia (40" x 30", right) and Motet (60" x 60" below) will be featured in the the winter edition of the national juried contemporary arts magazine, Studio Visit, The issue was curated by Jessica Roscio, Curator of the Danforth Art Museum. Happy to be included as the magazine gets very wide exposure.
Packed house turn out for the opening last night at Galatea Fine Art in Boston. My painting in the show had a prominent placement, and I really enjoyed meeting collectors and the other very fine artists in the exhibition.
Motet, 60" x 60", mixed media on canvas.
Happy to have this large painting (Motet, 60" x 60") selected into the annual juried show at Galatea Fine Art Gallery in Boston, curated by Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the city. Show will be up August 3 - 28, with an opening reception on August 5 from 6-8pm. Hope some of you can stop by and see the show.
One of the things I like so much about painting is that it is a journey I can go on, but never arrive. The exploration is entirely what it is about for me. In a sense, the finished paintings are markers along the way. Each one describes a particular moment in time, a record of an idea, or technique or challenge I was investigating at that point in the journey. Taken as a whole in retrospect, the paintings are a road map of where I've been.
Lately I've been searching for ways to get further "into" the paintings, beyond the surface markings and dynamics. Not that I am looking to portray a literal space, but rather a sense of volume and light to move around in. Berceuse, 24" x 30", is an example of this idea, the current moment in the ongoing journey.
I've come to believe that literally the paint itself is of central importance in my work. I've been experimenting for years with different viscosities, textures, sheen, and overall look of the paint, both oils and acrylics, to come up with a quality which resonates the kind of feeling I hope to achieve in the finished work. In the end, nothing communicates like the quality and characteristic of the paint itself.
In my latest work I've been mixing a variety of paints, and applying with a number of different tools and techniques to achieve the look I'm after. These new paintings are built up over many layers, often beginning with charcoal and graphite, then washes of thin transparent paint, additional layers of archival mediums mixed with dry pigments, and finally thick impasto applications of pure color. I'm liking the results very much. The contrast of the materials and techniques built up through the layers brings a level of excitement and liveliness to the work. I very much look forward to continuing the exploration.
Tanto, 48" x 48", mixed media on canvas
This painting, (Senza, 30" x 40"), is the first in a new series I'm creating called Sensorium. Broadly defined, Sensorium is the totality of those parts of the brain that receive, process and interpret sensory stimuli. The sensorium is the supposed seat of sensation, the place to which impressions from the external world are conveyed and perceived.
With this new series, I'm interested in exploring how we perceive and sense experience. Is it possible that aspects of a painting might stimulate more of our senses than just the visual one? It is common and easy for us to visualize soaring images in our mind's eye when listening to a moving symphony for instance. Is it also possible we might be able to develop our sensitivities in ways that make it just as easy for us to hear music in our mind's ear when "looking" at a work of art?
In all my paintings I reach for an elusive quality which transcends a work’s physical properties and can only be perceived intuitively. It's that unseen intangible essence which gives a painting "presence", making it something more than decoration or craft. It's the mysterious act of perceiving a work of art with the "sixth sense" if you will.
While this will continue to be a central focus in my work, in this series I will be exploring a more literal engagement with the senses to see if something might be created which holds out the possibility of resonating beyond the visual.... to the sensorium.
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