The work in the group show reflects a broad range of approaches to picture making. A while back I asked artist-members what Bowery stands for and here are a few responses:
Grier Torrence offered this: “I believe the Bowery Gallery stands for a special integrity, an authentic, direct kind of painting, a creative spirit that is most interested in expression and communication. The gallery seems to carry a legacy that is tremendously important to the quality of art work in our time. It is always a refreshing place to be after touring the galleries. The work at Bowery often takes more time to see and is a slow read”.
Anne Delaney said, “Bowery Gallery represents a group of artists who investigate next steps within the modernist project whether it be a continuation of still life, the figure or abstracted form and we aspire to add to the dialogue within contemporary art”.
Here are many of the pieces in the group show. Each artist submitted a work of their choice and wrote a couple sentences about it. More images will be added to the blog right up until the time when the exhibit opens on August 22. Please check back in!
Michael Louis Johnson, Fairview, Oil on Canvas- 18″ x 22″, 2017
Chosen from my current series of paintings all concerned with the view from my studio window. A certain happy bright feeling about developing one’s own shorthand as a painter. Shapes, lines, color and direction.
Iris Osterman, “Sticks and Stones”, Mixed media on paper, 9″ x 12″ (unframed), 2016
“This piece began as a detailed monotype and evolved into an impression of rocky woodland.”
Grier Torrence, “From Bowery” casein on paper, 11×15″ 2016
This view from our Bowery Gallery window was painted on location. With new construction, it has of course changed since then.
Dena Schutzer, ‘Street Repairs’, oil on panel, 12″x16″, 2017
“In looking for the abstractions in reality I found it in the rhythms of these bodies working together.”
Tony Serio, RSD, Early Spring, Oil on Linen, 22” x 30”, 2017
I’m always intrigued by urban perspectives and painting onsite during seasonal transitions. Here, bare branches against the cold blue sky of winter contrast with a warm light illuminating concrete and brick announcing spring’s arrival.
Nagib Nahas, ‘Empire State Building viewed from the Highline’, Oil on Canvas. 18’x24” 2017
“The source photograph for this picture was taken in autumn 2 years ago on one of my midday walks between 34th Street and the Chelsea art district. The hanging gardens of the Highline against the city’s architecture are teeming with possible motifs.”
Diane Drescher, Stonington- Late Day , 12 x 16″, oil on canvas, 2016
This painting was made on my first trip to Deer Isle ME…… it is a visceral response to Stonington, a quaint fishing village. The ocean and activities in the village seemed to be in perfect harmony that day.
Mark Lewis, “Market”, Acrylic and paper collage, 8” x 11″, 2016
I’ve been working with the urban landscape for many years. I keep seeking places where the figure is more actively involved in the work. This collage evolved from a group of drawings made in the market. I love the active human presence, the sense of scale and summer light in the market.
Catherine Maize, Untitled, 7″ x 7″, Oil on panel
Painted over the ghost of an old painting I had partially removed by sanding it.
Judith Lambertson, Marianna’s Studio, 24x30inches, oil on linen, 2016-2017
What appears to be a window in my painting is a painting by Lois Dodd that I found in her studio during a Summer rental. I needed “something” in my still life and her painting gave me a wonderful diagonal road, literally and figuratively, a “way in”!
It almost painted itself into the painting.
Martha Armstrong The Strand- Low Tide I 13 x 17″ o/c 2017
This summer I was painting with some other landscape artists in Annagry, Ireland , on the NW coast near Donegal. The view from my hotel room (it rained a lot) was called The Strand, which daily filled with water and then, at low tide, emptied to the patterns in this painting.
Walter Strach Sandy Remnants #2, 16 x 20, Tempera 2017
Jeremy Long, untitled, oil on canvas, 11 x 14.5 inches (without frame) , 2016
This is considered a small study for a lager painting titled “Oakwood Front yard”
Naomi Nemtzow, Windsor Place, July #1, oil & pencil on paper, 17 ½” (h) x 14” (w), 2017
Summer is the time for going outside to work from observation. Much as I enjoy the adventure of new sights, I’m pulled back again and again to the familiar. Here, it’s my block in Brooklyn and the young chestnut tree in front of my house.
Carolyn Virgil, Kitchen, oil pastel on prepared paper, 9.625″ x 12.625″
Al Kresch once said, “Draw the dirty dishes.” This is part of my kitchen counter. While not dirty, they are dishes that haven’t been put away.
David Bradford, untitled, oil on panel, 14” x 16”, 2016
John Goodrich, “Palettes, Beal Island” Oil/board 14 x 18, 2015-16
Diana Cabouli , Tappan Zee Bridge – Passing Clouds, oil on board, 29″ x 7 3/4,” 2016
This bridge will be coming down very soon making way for a spanking new bridge in its place. After almost 30 years living in the area, only now did I have an interest in painting it. Funny how that goes…
Janet Gorzegno, “Iris”, Gouache on Paper, 6″ X 6″, 2017
The Greek rainbow goddess Iris, messenger to the gods, spans heaven and earth as an agent of hope, while she is also one of the few Immortals able to travel to the underworld.
There will be a reception for the artists 5-8 PM on Thursday, August 24.
ALL ARE INVITED.
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