Statement

Dreaming is Free detail
Dreaming is Free detail

My project is to discover a new realist painting that builds on past artistic discoveries – past movements such as abstraction, modernism, cubism, and surrealism. Realist painting is only one method of seeing the world, focusing on superficial appearance. Realism can be reimagined in a way that recognizes prior painting movements.

For example, the juxtaposition of abstraction on a canvas with realist representation is a format I have returned to repeatedly. Combining realism and abstraction is but one way I’m working to create a synthesis of differing styles. Often my painting will contain significant textured abstraction over or under the realist painting. The important challenge is that these two areas relate to one another – the juxtaposition isn’t arbitrary. My more recent mixtures of abstraction and realism aim to tightly weave the two idioms together as opposed to previously using a simple juxtaposition. Sometimes the abstract element is first on the canvas followed by realism. Sometimes a representational idea is first laid down with abstract overlays. The important challenge is to have these visual languages speak to each other – to resonate- and the realist area is calling to the abstract for assurance.

Another juxtaposition is to combine a realist image with its “double” – showing the image from another angle, reversing the colors, or altering the orientation. When employing compositions that represent an image painted by hand twice, I’m aware that the limits of human skill become evident. Compared to mechanical reproduction (photographic or digital), the doubly hand-rendered painting is never exactly correct.  The inexactitude and mistakes are part of what makes the physical labor a subtext to the actual subject matter. Different representations of the same subject are combined to expand the idea of “what is reality.”

Yet another update to the tradition of realism is to break up the painting surface with textures or other elements that accentuate the objectness of the painting – a more sculptural realism. This is achieved my using non-flat panels, introducing real-world elements such as hardware or simply building high-relief paint areas. So, at one moment you are viewing a painted version of a three-dimensional scene and right next to this is an actual physical object.

Finally, what is the point of making realism work in the context of the past one hundred years of art moving away from realism? Precisely because it is possible that when disparate objects or disparate ideas can be held in meaningful relationship with one another, a comprehensive unity can be created. This engenders some enlightening understanding.

The technical practice is straight forward: Traditional oil painting on either canvas or panel. The works are realist renditions of photographs I have taken – nothing borrowed from other sources.  Sometimes digital editing of the source photograph is done before projecting this draft onto the panel. Abstraction and realism are combined in these paintings. These methods share a common ability to evoke space and texture. These paintings are composed so that visual densities – textural knots – move and shift across the surface. Within this general framework, personal experiences – objects and places that hold special meaning – are rendered in detail. It’s a form of devotion.

 

“I was liberated by the resurgence of representational painting during the years of the East Village art scene in New York in the late 1970s having previously focused on minimal canvases. Standard realism did not seem relevant to the time and place, nor were expressionistic effects compelling. Neo-geo did seem attractive but also limiting. Postmodern juxtapositions were very intriguing. Subsequently, I broke the line between realism and abstraction. This allowed me to write a book, Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques, that fostered an impulse to integrate abstract painting concepts with realism.”

 

Recent works can be viewed here.

 

Education

1974 NYU – painting, studied under Idelle Weber

1982 NYU – MS, computer Science 

1979 City College – BS, computer Science 

1977 University of South Florida, Tampa – lithography

1975 Kirkland College- etching

 

AWARDS

7/2023: Rhode Island Watercolor Society –  Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Honorable Mention for the painting “Gravity”

9/2022: Rhode Island Watercolor Society –  Pawtucket, Rhode Island, two works, one of which garnered cash prize

10/2002: Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts-  First Place Award Mid-Atlantic Juried show,,  Juror: Thomas E. Hinson– New Castle, PA

8/2002: Holter Museum of Art – First Place Award National Competition, Juror: Gerald Peters – Helena, MT

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

5/2005: Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute 2005 Utica, NY

9/2004: Bettcher Gallery, Miami Beach. FL

Detail – David, Waves 2023 oil on canvas 12 x 16″

9/2004: Rogue College Gallery, Grants Pass, OR

7/2004: LARAC Gallery, Glens Falls NY

1/2004: Bettcher Gallery, Miami Beach. FL

1/2004: Jasper Arts Center, Jasper, IN, Altoona, PA

9/2003: Penn State Altoona –  McLanahan Gallery, Altoona, PA

9/2003: Midland College – One-person show, in McCormick Gallery, Midland, Texas.

3/2002: North Carolina Wesleyan College – Dunn Center for the Performing Arts, Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

2/2002: Pittsburgh State University – One-Person show “Eyesight to the Blind” in Harry Krug Gallery, Pittsburgh, Kansas.

9/2001: Chapman Gallery – One Person, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, New York

4/1985 St. Mark’s Gallery, New York City, New York

3/1984: La Mama’s Etc. Gallery – One Person, East Village, New York City, New York

10/1983: Beulah Land – One Person, East Village , New York City, New York

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024

11/2024: UMW Galleries, Mid-Atlantic New Painting Biennial

6/2024: Waterfront Village, Expressions of a Life: Celebrating Art and Artists of Southwest and Navy Yard, 06/07/2024

5/2024: Frame of Mine Gallery, Washington DC, May 25 to 6/29 2024

5/2024: Hyattsville Art Center, Mashup, Hyattsville MD, June 2024

5/2024: Hill Center Galleries, Washington DC, May 6, 2024-September 7, 2024

4/2024: “Crosscurrents” Art Exhibition, Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center, Wheeling, WV

2/2024: Rhode Island Watercolor Society’, “Luminous Landscapes” –  Pawtucket, Rhode Island

2023

11/2023: Pyramid Atlantic’s annual 10×10 event , Hyattsville, MD

10/2023: Cheyenne Frontier Day Old West Museum, Cheyenne WY

5/2023: Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY

8/2023: Rhode Island Watercolor Society –  Pawtucket, Rhode Island

7/2023: Rhode Island Watercolor Society –  Pawtucket, Rhode Island, three works

4/2023: Art Society of Kingston – “Poetry”, Kingston, New York

3/2023: Art Society of Kingston – “Climate”, Kingston, New York

2/2023: Art Society of Kingston – “Chiaroscuro”, Kingston, New York

2022

10/2022: Art Society of Kingston – “Death”, Kingston, New York

9/2022: Rhode Island Watercolor Society –  Pawtucket, Rhode Island, two works, one of which garnered cash prize

9/2022: Art Society of Kingston – “Sky”, Kingston, New York

7/2022: Art Society of Kingston – “Contrast”, Kingston, New York

2021

10/2021: Art Society of Kingston – “Music to my Eyes”, Kingston, New York

8/2021: Art Society of Kingston – “Poetic License”, Kingston, New York

7/2021: Art Society of Kingston – “Woodstock”, Kingston, New York

2004
9/2004: Affordable Art Fair, New York City
1/2004: Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
3/2004: Saratoga Arts Center – Directions in Landscape, Saratoga Springs, NY.
2003
12/2003: Bettcher Gallery, Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
12/2003: Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA
11/2003: Sinclair College – Two-person show, Dayton, Ohio.
3/2003: Fayetteville State University;  Fayetteville, NC
3/2003: Truman State University– Juror: Kathryn Hixson;  Kirksville, MO
3/2003: Anne Arundel Community College- Award Exhibition;  Arnold MD
3/2003: San Diego Art Institute– 46th International Award Exhibition; Juror: Hugh M. Davies, – Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
1/2003: University of Rhode Island– “Eccentric Abstraction”  Curator: Judith Tolnick Kingston, RI
2002
10/2002: Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts-  First Place Award Mid-Atlantic Juried show,,  Juror: Thomas E. Hinson– New Castle, PA
8/2002: Holter Museum of Art – First Place Award National Competition, Juror: Gerald Peters – Helena, MT
7/2002: Northern National Competition – Juror: Dr. Barbara Rose – Nicolet College, Rhinelander WI
6/2002: Lower Adirondack Arts Center – “Blue By You”- Summertime Blues Festival, Glens Falls, NY
4/2002: Cambridge Arts Association – National Group; Juror: Lisa Dennison, – Chief Curator, Guggenheim Museum, Cambridge, Mass.
2/2002: United States State Department – Two landscape paintings going to Zimbabwe – “Art in Embassies” program.
 
Blue RIder, detail
2001
11/2001: South Dakota Institute of Mines & Technology – Group show  From Abstraction to Landscape and Back, Rapid City, South Dakota.
10/2001: Gale Gates, et al. – DUMBO Benefit Auction, Brooklyn, NY.
10/2001: Fredericksburg Art Center – “Entries/Exits” Group show , Fredericksburg, Virginia
10/2001: Bristol Art Museum – NAWA National Juried Group show , Bristol, Rhode Island.
9/2001: Bruce Gallery – “Mapping Cultures” Group show , Edinboro University of PA, Edinboro, Pennsylvania
7/2001: L&B Viewing Room – Group Show, Portland, Oregon
7/2001: Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences –  Loveladies, New Jersey
6/2001: Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts – National.Association of Women.Artists, Group Show., NYC, New York
5/2001: Broward Comunity College – “Places to Rest“,  Group Show, Ft. Lauderdale FL
5/2001: Silvermine Arts Guild – 52nd “Art of the Northeast“,  New Caanan, CT
4/2001: Mildura Palimpsest – Mildura Arts Centre, Group, Mildura, Australia
3/2001: Fraser Gallery – Group show, Washington, DC
3/2001: Rye Arts Center – Group show, Landscapes: Real and Imagined, Rye, New York.
2/2001: Fayetteville State University – Group show, Fayetteville, North Carolina.
2/2001: Artist of the Month – Online “Artist of the Month” program by Liquitex Paint.
2/2001: United States State Department – Two landscape paintings going to Algiers, Algeria – “Art in Embassies” program.
2/2001: Central Wyoming College – Group show, Riverton, Wyoming.
2000
12/2000: National Association of Women Artists – Inducted as anew member at the Metropolitan Museum, New York City.
11/2000: Western Montana College – Two-person show, “Rhythms of the Land
10/2000: UnCommmon Ground – Two-person show,  Saratoga Springs, NY
7/2000: Vermont Arts Center – “Summer Show“,  Manchester, Vermont
1988
6/1988: E. M.Donahue Gallery- “Young Moderns“,  New York City, New York
6/1988: Sensory Evolution Gallery- “Women Artists“,  New York City, New York
1987

9/1987: St.  Marks Gallery- New York City, New York

6/1987: Mars Consortium, Rivington Street Show – New York City, Tokyo
6/1987: Now Gallery- New York City, New York, London, Miamii
6/1987: Kraushaar Gallery- New York City, New York
4/1987: E. M.Donahue Gallery- “Neo New Now Now“,  New York City, New York
1986
10/1986: 10 on 8 Public Space- curated by Robert Costa,  New York City, New York
6/1986: St. Mark’s Gallery- Three-Person,  New York City, New York
6/1986: Lasser Gallery-  New York City, New York
6/1986: New York University – Graduate  Show,  New York City, New York
3/1986: Eastman-Wahmandorf Gallery – ,  New York City, New York
3/1986: Lasser Gallery-  New York City, New York
1985
6/1985: St. Mark’s Gallery,  New York City, New York
6/1985: ABC No Rio,  New York City, New York
1984
7/1984: Beulah Land,  New York City, New York
5/1984: HallWalls,  Buffalo, New York