Some images from my 17-painting solo exhibit Flip-Side at Hill Center Galleries. The show is up through June 23. http://www.hillcenter.org
Karl, 30″x24″ acrylic on canvas, is one of 17 artworks that form Flip-Side, my upcoming solo exhibit at Hill Center Gallery on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Many thanks to Gallery Director Nicky Cymrot for the opportunity.
These abstracted figure paintings continue a theme I’ve been developing over the past several years – that is, depicting what is felt rather than what is seen. Featuring ordinary people in states of vulnerability, confusion or courage, the paintings focus on moods as interpreted by facial and body language, vibrant color and bold brushwork. There exists a public side that we present to the world, and a private flip-side that reflects doubt and turmoil. Loss of control frequently pervades, as though the subject has been taken outside his or her comfort zone. Sounds like a modern, topical theme for today’s life, doesn’t it?
On Exhibit May 3 – June 23, 2018
Opening Reception Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Hill Center Gallery at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Avenue NE, Washington DC
These abstracts are 36″x36″ paint on canvas and available at the studio.
I spent 33 years doing national security work for the federal government, travelling and working abroad in unstable, sometimes unsafe locations. These experiences continue to directly impact my figurative paintings.
As described by Associate Curator Erica Harrison, Greater Reston Arts Center, the figures “seem to be on the fringe of existence, evoking distant thoughts of fleeting memories or dreams.” It’s inevitable that my life experiences would evoke a general vulnerability of humans, as well as a celebration of resilience and the will to survive. I find that regardless of culture, education, ethnicity, and social status, people all over the world have the same needs and desires. They want safety and security. They desire a better life for themselves and their children. My artwork reflects this universal concern of modern life.
Place a human figure in an image and immediately the picture takes on relevance. It becomes personal. It suggests a narrative. It’s open to questions – who, what, where, why, when. For me, evoking these feelings and questions transforms the image into a deeper exploration of what it means to be human.
During our cold snap here in Washington, DC over the holidays between visits and dinners and Santa I was able to get in some studio time to do these handsome young men.
Each has style and attitude. Going for a hip, cool urban vibe, I tried to imbue the subjects with relaxed confidence. These would be perfect for any home or office setting that needs refreshening. Happy 2018!
These two new paintings will be featured in my upcoming August 2017 solo exhibition – Seduction – at the Old Town Alexandria, Virginia Athenaeum Gallery.
Both pieces, 36″x60″ acrylic on canvas, feature a man with great dignity and power, yet the images are infused with color and an other-worldly feeling. Ambiguity, uncertainty, perhaps fleeting glimpses of reality infuse these abstracted visuals of modern life.
In anticipation of the upcoming solo exhibit August 10 through September 17 at the Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria,VA, working on some new paintings. So far, they’re all about the drip. Is there such a thing as too much? Perhaps, in fact, probably. But, my plan is to push the limits. Many thanks to Gallery Director/curator Twig Murray and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association for the sponsorship.
201 Prince Street
Opening – August 13 Sunday 4-6 pm
Gallery Talk – September 10 2pm with special guest Dr Erich Keel (former head of Education at the Kreeger Museum)
By all accounts the SPECTRUM Miami Art Show this year was a great success for Gallery NK. Lots of interest, buyers and commentary by the many patrons/collectors who throng to Art Basel Miami Beach and its 20 satellite fairs during this special week. The Gallery staff did a great job hanging my wall – it looked amazing. It’s great to have a professional team taking care of everything.
After my photographer Jeff Burton made images, these and other recent paintings were wrapped for shipment and taken to Washington, DC’s Gallery NK for the long transport to Florida for Miami Art Week and the SPECTRUM Art Show. Opening tonight this fantastic week coincides with Art Basel Miami Beach and includes activities at 20 satellite art fairs in addition to the giant Art Basel itself.
Gallery NK features international contemporary Fine Art and this year occupies Booth 519 at SPECTRUM. Located at 700 NE 2nd Avenue in the heart of the arts & entertainment district, SPECTRUM Miami is open from November 30 to December 4. Stop by and meet Gallery NK’s owner, Nihal Kececi, and the other wonderful artists who she is featuring in her booth this year.