Thaddeus Radell – Agitation on the Acheron


OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, November 2, 3-6 pm


Bowery Gallery is pleased to present recent work by Thaddeus Radell, whose darkly luminous paintings evoke journeys through landscapes of the unconscious. From the artist’s richly layered surfaces—broadly troweled in places, elsewhere delicately incised—emerge visions of the river Acheron and the ferryman Charon, who in Dante’s Inferno transports souls to the underworld.

Homage to Rousseau
oil/wax on panel, 48″ x 60″
Head Study XV
Oil/wax on panel, 14″ x 11″

Agitation on the Acheron
Oil/wax on panel, 72″ x 108″

Elements within these figure compositions, whether humans, horses or boats, appear and disappear within the atmospheric depths, while bits of embedded burlap suggest a ragged dimension beyond paint.

Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo. (If I cannot bend the heavens above, I will move hell.) So states a character in Virgil’s Aeneid. Nineteen centuries later, Sigmund Freud borrowed the words to introduce his groundbreaking The Interpretation of Dreams.

The Crossing II
Oil/wax on panel, 24″ x 30″
Horses of Olympus
Oil/wax on panel, 48″ x 72″

In similar but less direct fashion, Radell pursues the division between conscious and unconscious, the worldly and the epic. The exhibition includes a number of small portraits, some attached atop the largest paintings. While inspired by early Renaissance panels, they plumb inner states connecting all eras.

Artist I
Oil/wax on panel , 40″ x 30″

A preview of works in the exhibition is available at

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

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