Forum Gallery, New York
Forum Gallery will open an exhibition of new paintings by Raymond Han on Thursday, October 4th. Han, born in 1931, is a master still-life painter. Best known for his subtle depictions of porcelain, glassware and botanical elements, in this new exhibition Han returns to his first love, the figure. The entire exhibition is composed of figurative works.
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Han’s beautifully rendered figures are classical in their form and composition and are completely contemporary in their attitude and behavior. The subjects emit seriousness and quietude as if they occupy the same space and are worlds apart in every other way. They are together yet disconnected. When the viewer examines these paintings, he witnesses a private moment, possibly the moment immediately proceeding or following a climactic event. We return to these paintings again and again, fascinated by their mystery as we are attracted by their beauty.
In these works, Han often renders the female figure in a Greek gown with classical stance while he places in the background a completely minimalist work reminiscent of Barnett Newman or his contemporaries. This combination of new and old, past and present, makes for an extraordinarily rich composition while maintaining the subtle simplicity Han has perfected in his work.
15 new works will be on view in Forum’s New York gallery. The show will open with a reception on Thursday, October 4, 2001, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The artist will be present and a fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition will be available.
For additional information contact: Ms. Kathleen Brady