David Findlay Jr. Fine Art
14 Contemporary Realists:
David Findlay Jr Fine Art will be exhibiting 36 works on paper by fourteen contemporary realists.
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Comprised of landscapes, cityscapes and domestic interiors, the works in this exhibition cover a diverse range of subject matter. The different mediums, styles and techniques currently being explored by contemporary realists are given expression through each artist’s personal language. For example, Jeffrey Blondes’s oil drawings effectively capture his emotional response to the French countryside surrounding his home. A different sense is evoked by Michael Filmus’s subtly toned, atmospheric landscape achieved by aerial perspective and layeringtechniques. Thomas McNickle’s vibrant watercolors accurately capture both the recognizable details of the Amish farms in rural western Pennsylvania and the intense effect of light distinctive to the area. The loosely painted gouach landscapes by Joel Corcos Levy employ his distinctive style of classic expressionism. Henry Issacs shows semi-abstracted landscapes of mountains and coasts achieved by layering pastel on paper. In his watercolors of seascapes, Conley Harris addresses the way light affects the representation of a scene infusing a natural landscape with a sense of the spiritual. Trey Friedman veils his watercolors of New England suburban landscapes in a mysterious atmosphere effectively conveying the tension created when nature and civilization intersect.
Cityscapes are shown from two different points of view. Mary Beth McKenzie, in her monotypes of street scenes, employs an abstract visual language which poignantly evokes nostalgic feelings of New York City. By contrast, Richard Haas’s watercolors render New York City buildings with accurate details and immediately identifiable landmarks.
Figurative and still life paintings also play an important role in the exhibition. Kathryn Freeman’s figures in a classical frieze composition allude to the representation of the human condition. Narrated through symbols and metaphors the paintings recall the allegories of early Renaissance art. Elizabeth Solomon’s psychologically powerful depictions of private interior spaces draw the viewer’s attention to moments and scenes that frequently pass unnoticed. David Konigsberg suggests metamorphic messages using very personal idioms in his traditional yet conceptual monotypes. Ellen Berman’s still life paintings transcend the ordinary object to resonate with personal meanings within the viewer.