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PATERNAL INSTINCT: New Paintings by Suzi Evalenko
Tuesday, January 31 - Saturday, February 25, 2006

New York, NY ­ First Street Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by New York artist Suzi Evalenko. This is Evalenko's third solo show at First Street Gallery.  The exhibition will run from January 31 through February 25, 2006.  A reception for the artist will be held Thursday, February 2nd  from 6 to 8 PM.  Gallery Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11AM-6PM.  The gallery is located at 526 West 26th Street, Suite 915, NYC, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

The subject of the exhibition, Paternal Instinct, is one that has intrigued Evalenko for many years from an artistic and a sociological point of view.  She notes that several observations and artistic influences came together in the genesis of this show:

Artworks heralding the Maternal Instinct ­ in both the secular and the religious context ­ have held a central place in Western art for centuries.  The magnificent Madonnas and the Mary Cassatt paintings of mothers and children are expressive testaments to this bond.  Against this backdrop is the dearth of paintings of men as loving, actively engaged fathers.  Portrayals of men with their children have largely been limited to formal family portraits devoid of emotive power or spontaneous interaction.

The traditional male roles of breadwinner and disciplinarian ­ products of economic necessity and socialization ­ do not lend themselves to depictions of fathers visibly moved by small children.  Yet, anyone who has watched a father cradle his newborn in his arms knows that th ePaternal Instinct is powerful.  Perhaps precisely because men have had much less time to spend with their children than women have had, the moments of rapt involvement are particularly compelling images.  In those moments, the outside world is still, the circle complete, the bond immutable.  It is this intimate relationship that inspired the current exhibition.

Evalenko's oils fill the artistic void.  Luminous color-saturated shadows and sparkling lights illuminate the emotional and pictorial content.  The artist communicates the universal through the transformation of the particular.

The artist has exhibited in several other galleries in New York,  in solo and group shows.  Her work is in numerous private collections in the United States and Europe.  Her paintings and drawings can be seen at and

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