First Annual Figurative Invitational
Our February Exhibit features 8 extraordinary local artists showing their figurative works in a variety of media, including oils, acrylic, ink, graphite, charcoal, pastels and watercolor. Featured artists include: Rachel Barrett, Sarah Burns, Ann DiSalvo, Rebecca Gabriel, Shan Lollis, Karen Staal, Daniel Verner, and Nancy Zufich. Gallery owner, Susan Springer will also exhibit new figurative works in clay. This show promises to be an interesting study of the artistic human form in all of its diversity!
Ann DiSalvo "Soft Red Bed"
“I enjoy trying new ideas with the imagery of the form. Much of my work is finished swiftly, like a sketch. I think the paper is an important part of the dry media and I like to see it come through. Study of the figure is one of the ways to know humanity. The world of ideas brings us together conceptually, but our bodies are earthbound and shape our choices in community.”
Daniel Verner, "Flight"
“A painting is a statement as much about who or what we are as it is an image of external appearance. In this sense a painting becomes a relationship, the interaction of what one person saw, felt and was able to express visually for others who share in the viewing."
Rebecca Gabriel, "Sarah"
“The figurative work combines psychological complexity with an implied narrative. My passion is for discovering the unique core of the subject matter, and the alchemy which occurs between artist and model..”
Rachel Barrett, "Reclining Nude, Back View"
“I was always curious about models who posed nude. I used to try to catch a glimpse of them in their clothes to find out something about who they were. Nudity can be intimate, but it can also be anonymous.”
Sarah F. Burns, "Aimee"
Sarah F. Burns
“While I pain a variety of subjects, one of my favorites is the figure. I always work from life, because I find it is very immediate, intense, challenging and for me the result is more concrete and present than if I were to use a photo reference.”
Shan Lollis, "The Beach"
“All three paintings were conceived during life drawing sessions I like to get to know the models and sometimes their thoughts inspire themes for my work. Creating figurative work is my passion, and I so enjoy the interaction between model and artist.”
Karen Staal "Life Sketch"
“These sketches were executed in life class very rapidly—between ten and fifteen minutes each—without any corrections. I like to work very fast and get the gesture, proportion and color down all at once.”
Nancy Zufich, "Seated Male"
“I’m excited by everything I see. Their shapes, colors, textures, and the way these elements interact on my canvas or paper invite me to play. Changing, rearranging, adding and editing is my process.”