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Louise Guerin
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Louise Guerin: The River to the Sea
Recent Paintings

November 29 - December 31, 2005               
Artist's reception Thursday, December 1 from 6:00 to 8:00pm
Gallery hours: 11-6, Tuesday to Saturday

"Louise Guerin's new paintings are intense, visually stunning and in some cases heroic - both in scale and in content", writes Robert Sievert of  "She has taken a chain of personal losses and woven their impact on her into a series of powerful pictures."

"Most moving are her paintings of her mother lying on a beach in her native New Zealand. Her mother, in her last days, is pictured frail, wrapped in a brightly multi-colored blanket, on a beach that is stony, wind-swept and desolate. The minimal grays, blacks and whites of the landscape add to its expansive feeling, dwarfing the figure and calling forth the universe,"  says Sievert.

"Her other landscapes of New Zealand have an equally large presence and though not directly a part of the above mentioned series, echo its tone and sense of place : a distant island sits firmly on a crystalline blue sea;  a startlingly red tree (Pohutukawa) spreads across one of her largest canvases and is set against a bright sea and sky in its gesture of longing."

"There is also a series of paintings devoted to portraits of her recently deceased husband, Saul. These do not have the same thematic focus of the series about her mother, but rather are individual takes on a man's life. Nonetheless, they have the same dramatic impact of her other work", Sievert writes.

This is Louise Guerin's second solo show  at Blue Mountain Gallery. She trained at the Gwent College of Higher Education in Gwent, Wales, UK and at the Arts Student's League in New York. Her work is in public and private collections in Britain, New Zealand and the United States.

Louise Guerin will be present at the artist's reception for the exhibition opening on December 1, 2005 and will be in the Blue Mountain Gallery for all the Saturdays of December.

Further information: Contact the artist by telephone:1-718-965-3867 or email:                                                                

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