Tony Serio / Urban Nature

Bowery Gallery is pleased to present a collection of Tony Serio’s landscapes that examine nature in the urban setting.  The show is Nov. 27- Dec. 22, 2018.

Paintings in this show were done on site along the Hudson River Greenway and Fort Tryon Park in Northern Manhattan.

Family Gathering with Runner, 22″ x 30″, Oil on Paper Mounted on Canvas

In these recent landscapes, we see Serio’s compositions growing and evolving more spontaneously. While taking cues from nature he reveals the particular character of the place.

Bridge and Trees,11” x 14”, Oil on Panel

 

Bridge and Walkway,30” x 48”, Oil on Linen

“Bridge and Walkway” contrasts concrete structures against lush greens of the foliage which become a theatrical canopy for community gatherings to unfold.

After recent visits to the Prado in Spain and studying the old masters Serio started exploring the use of black to extend his color range to a new depth. He uses a deeper and darker tonality while retaining a rich luminosity.

Winter Night Reflections, 40″ x 46″, Oil on Linen

In “Winter Night Reflections,” Serio explores multiple nocturnal light sources from the bridge as street lights punctuate the weighty dark masses of trees. The mood of a winter’s night is felt.

Tree Grove at Fort Tryon Park, 22″ x 30″, Oil on Paper Mounted on Canvas

Then there’s “Fort Tryon Pines,” where broad diagonal swipes of the palette knife abstractly define pine trees and a rocky cliff with brilliant light and deep shadows.

Fort Tryon, Late Afternoon, 22″ x 30″, Oil on Paper Mounted on Canvas

 

Bike Path Near Tracks, 22″ x 30″, Oil on Paper Mounted on Canvas

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“Tony Serio’s landscapes revel in leaps of space.…As with Bonnard, shifts of space and scale reveal not just topography, but also the character of the objects within.” —John Goodrich.

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Tony Serio studied at MICA and Yale University. He has received two grants from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMMA), the Alice B. Kimball Traveling Fellowship from Yale University and an award from the Drawing Center in Manhattan. His paintings are in many private collections and Columbia University.

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The Bowery Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information contact the gallery at 646-230-6655 or info@bowerygallery.org

To see additional paintings in the Serio exhibition go to  www.tonyserio.com

Tony Serio/ Urban Nature is running concurrently with Lynn Kotula’s show .

The opening is on Saturday, Dec1, 3-6 PM

 

**DIANE DRESCHER

 

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