Essays

 

 

 

Rick Howell: Glimpses of the Land

"Howell's art is notable for its poetic and atmospheric interpretation of the land, as derived from his direct on-site observations and impressions. A master of light, color, and shadow, Howell creates highly ordered scenes which consciously juxtapose hazy or blurred elements with sharp and refined details. A master of tonalist landscape..." Click here to read more

 

 

 

Jon Schueler: Sky as Landscape

"Jon Schueler sought his truth in the sky. It was there -- in the most ephemeral of places -- that this complicated, intense artist spent a turbulemt lifetime in search of meaning and an understanding of himself. For Schueler, the sky was a place of contradition and constant odyssey: a place where in a wartime bomber he saw the beauty of land and sea from high above..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 

 

Wolf Kahn: Reaching Up and Bearing Down

"Now in his 91st year, Wolf Kahn is regarded as one of the leading figures of American contemporary art. He is widely acclaimed as a virtuosic master of color, light, texture, and calligraphic line that he combines to form an extraordinary expressive language of abstracted landscape. Consisting of work that spand more than 43 years of Kahn's longtime career..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 

Tom Palmore: Animal Encounters

"For more than 45 years, Tom Palmore has painted enchanting portraits of animals that blend the surreal, the clever, and the provocative with an idiosyncratic wit and exquisite detail. Painted with incredible, ultra-fine brushwork, his animals and birds seem to pause from their daily lives to act as models for Palmore, posed theatrically in front of backdrops..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 

Jivan Lee: Leave It At the Door

"In sumptuous, impasto color, Jivan Lee's paintings are marked with a feeling of visual celebration, raw atmosphere, and rhapsodic experience. Painted primarily on location among the great mountains, rivers and sunsets of New Mexico, Jivan Lee's art is a visual testament to his close engagement with the land, as well as his visceral exploration into..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 

Esteban Vicente: The Garden Paintings

"Esteban Vicente is today considered one of the most distinguished figures of American abstract painting.  He was born in Spain in 1903 and was classically educated in drawing, sculpture and works of the Old Masters at the Royal Academy of Art in Madrid. He lived in Paris and Barcelona during the late 1920s and 30s where he was exposed to cutting edge currents of European modernism..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 

Matthew Curtis: Intersect

"Drawing upon an ongoing fascination with both architectural and biological forms, Australia-based glass artist Matthew Curtis is today regarded as one of the most innovative, up-and-coming voices in contemporary glass sculpture. His luminous, organic forms, wrought from glass, colored oxide, and steel, evoke fragmented space through segmented patterning and softly glowing colors..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 

 

Kiyoshi Nakagami: Light From Afar

"Kiyoshi Nakagami’s powerful canvases burst with an elemental tension between light and darkness rendered in gold mica-enriched acrylic paint, which is dispersed through the use of gravity over an extraordinary, glowing surface. Nakagami’s dramatically lit canvases appear to be intricate depictions of a vaporous night sky, at once radiant and brooding..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Mason: Inner Resources

 "To look with slow regard at the prismatic elegance of an Emily Mason painting is to become caught in a remarkable rapturous intimacy.  In her engaging compositions, the gentle waft of rich colors combine with the dulcet interplay of paint densities to reflect the traceries of an artistic life well led.  It is a life in which her deep love of art reigns supreme..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 

New York Modernism: From a Private Collection

"LewAllen Galleries presents an exhibition of select works from an important private collection of largely New York artists whose individual and varied approaches to non-representational art had an enduring impact on American Modernism. Included is an array of striking paintings from the first half of the 20th century that demonstrate inventive combinations and conscientiously structured non-objective tendencies..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 
Glenn Ostergaaard: For the Love of Color

"LewAllen Galleries is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of works by Glenn Ostergaard, who is celebrated for his distinctive paintings and sculpture. Ostergaard’s works on canvas feature a sense of intuitive patterning; his surfaces, texturized with carefully orchestrated marking, create a sense of staccato rhythm backed by swaths of rich color. At other moments, dense areas of coloration come to the fore, lending Ostergaard’s body of paintings a sumptuous, push-pull musicality..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 
 
Janet Monafo: Gatherings
 
"Janet Monafo’s extraordinary still life images transform domestic, everyday objects into grand, spellbinding arrangements of light and color, hue and texture, order and disorder, memory and metaphor. Strikingly contemporary in their orientations, Monafo’s remarkable large-scale oil pastel  paintings take the age-old tradition of meticulously rendered still life into the 21st century..." Click to read more
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ed Mieczkowski: In Memoriam - Vibrations of the Eye, Mind and Soul
 
"Edwin Mieczkowski, who died in June of 2017, was a well-recognized pioneer of Op Art in the 1960s and an artist who, during the next five decades, went on to make significant contributions to both the Op and Geometric Abstraction movements. LewAllen Galleries has represented the work of this remarkable artist for more than ten years and now presents Vibrations of the Eye, Mind and Soul, a memorial survey exhibition honoring Mieckowski’s 60-year career dedicated to making art that dealt inventively with all three realms suggested by the show’s title..." Click to read more
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quest for the New: Modernism in the Southwest

"At the turn of the 20th century, when America and the world convulsed in eager anticipation of cultural revolution, Modernist artists transformedthe world of art by seeking a radical break with the conventions of the past and by searching for new forms of artistic expression. As the poet Ezra Pound later described it, the goal everywhere was to 'make it new...'" Click to read more

 

 

 

 

 
Merrill Mahaffey: Enduring Landscapes
 
"With a career spanning more than 50 years, Mahaffey creates art known for its valorization of the simple, time-chiseled details of Western America’s rocky terrain. Mahaffey’s paintings serve as modes of inquiry into the true nature of landscape, and the allegorical possibilities of their association with the myth of the American frontier. Avoiding the blandishments of saccharine sunsets, overly sentimental vistas and exaggerated skyscapes manifested in many romanticized Western landscapes, Mahaffey chooses as his subject the extraordinary within the ordinary..." Click to read more
 
 
 
 
 
 
Woody Gwyn: The Road to Excellence
 
"One of America’s foremost contemporary landscape painters, Woody Gwyn captures the crystalline light and vast expanses of our changing American terrain. His work is characterized by dramatic angles, panoramic formats, startling color, aggressive cropping, and an acute contrast between the natural and manmade. Whether depicting monumental Western mesas, tranquil wooded clearings, or shimmering oceanic vistas, the results shatter conventions to offer new ways of seeing a world he reveres..." Click to read more
 
 
 
 
 

 
Michael Roque Collins: Inland Mountain Journey
 
Post-symbolist Michael Roque Collins’ luminous and epically metaphorical paintings are siren calls to the mind and spirit. With combinations of signature imagery drawn from lucid dream, memory and cultural myth, his newest body of work, entitled Inland Mountain Journey, blends representation with abstraction. The series is comprised of what the artist calls “sacred landscapes,” referencing vibrant wooded vistas, bodies of water, blooming vegetation, architectural relics and, occasionally, the apparition of a human figure... Click to read more
 
 
 
 
 

 

Ben Aronson: Perspective and the Ephemeral

"Ben Aronson is a painter of the frozen moment. He joyously captures fleeting quiescent moments in space and time. In an era when life proceeds at what seems an increasingly frantic pace – where deadlines are constant and time is accelerated – Aronson’s paintings offer an oasis – a brief moment of reflection. The paintings possess a remarkable capacity to suspend motion, slow the tempo, seduce attention and liberate regard. In his paintings, Aronson dissolves the rush and tumult of everyday life to reveal the remaining fundament of beauty in these places and things..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 

Wolf Kahn: Light and Color

"Kahn’s works are at once vivacious and pensive. They derive from keen skills of observation and eminent technical mastery, but, even more significantly, they make manifest on canvas profound feelings and intuitions welling inside an artist who is both delighted and possessed by the awesome beauty of nature. His paintings evince obvious joie de vivre but also quiet dignity, genial familiarity but also shrouds of mystery. It is in these counterpoints that Kahn’s work attains its artistic greatness, wide appreciation, and lasting importance..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 

Fritz Scholder: Figures of Paradox

"For Scholder, figural rendition offered an eloquent metaphorical visual language for expression of numerous cultural and psychological ideas. His use of figure was largely conceptual and became more totemic and universal as opposed to individual portraiture. In the space of a stretched canvas or poured bronze, Scholder was able to condense intense expression with his extraordinary facility for color, composition, light, and form to create some of the most poignant and affecting images of his generation..."  Click to read more

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Rutenberg: Clear Seeing Place

"Paint thunders across canvases that flash and crackle with the energy of an electric storm until in the calm of resolve there is, in the final facture, a true clear seeing place. The title of this exhibition of recent work by New York-based abstract painter Brian Rutenberg – also the eponymous title of a memoir by the artist published last year and what he calls a “love letter to painting” – aptly signifies the clarity of vision that runs through these breathtaking oil on linen paintings..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 

Picasso and Munch: Genius on Paper

"Both Picasso and Munch are distinguished by the particular fervor, relentless variation and manifold talent with which they approached printmaking.  Each produced some of the medium’s most striking images in the history of art.  They both believed that printmaking offered unique and protean possibilities for experimentation and diverse emotional articulations..."  Click to read more

 

 

 

 

Kurt Solmssen: Real World

"The works are evocative and captivating, intimate and accessible – wooing the viewer into a rich realm of memory and nostalgia. There’s a sense of personal connection: Solmssen often invitingly peoples his paintings with family and friends. He also often incorporates simple architectural elements in and around his home on Puget Sound in Washington State. His work presents a world of reality that is personal to him and yet is resonant too of a broader reality shared by many who view his art..." Click to read more 

 

 

 

Woody Gwyn: American Vista

"Woody Gwyn paints the American landscape in search of finding and expressing what he calls its “truth.” For him, the “truth” of a place extends beyond faithful depiction of precise detail and requires in addition an artist’s individual and candid interpretation in the way those details are expressed in a painting. This passion for what might be called finding the character of the land is what gives Gwyn’s work its unique quality of beauty and its significant gravity and intelligence. This quest confers on his paintings unmistakable identity and qualifies him as a singular figure in American art of today..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 

Tom Palmore: My Menagerie

"It would be easy to imagine that Tom Palmore lives in a world all his own. It is a unique and delightful world in which animals and birds are no longer merely wildlife but have evolved to possess highly individualized personalities (maybe a better word is “animalities”) – with body language to match. In that world animals are not subservient to humans but rather more like co-equal sentient beings, not humanized but possessing idiosyncrasies and manifesting feelings and thoughts that visually and eloquently communicate to their human observers. It is a world in which Bengal tigers are pensive thinkers, Grizzly bears can be sultry vamps, Westies narcissist beauties, and bulldogs coy dandies..." Click to read more

 

 

 

 

Emily Mason: Ripple Effect

"The paintings of Emily Mason are like vivacious rhapsodies, composed from luscious color orchestrations and graceful brushwork that together evidence the delightfully confident hand of a masterful artist. The sense of musicality hovers in Mason’s work with harmonies of color variety, interplay of values and tones, staccato line and bagatelles of brushy expanses, and syncopations between spans and bursts. In her handling of color all of that is present. And in her paintings color becomes, as Delacroix once described it, 'music for the eyes...'" Click to read more

 

 

 

 

Henry Jackson: Continuum

"If there were to be some label for the abstraction of Henry Jackson, it might be something like “mindful intuition.” His process is complexly suggestive of an astute technician – combining wax, solvent, and pigments, then applying them to canvas with tools that force muscular expression – while his mode of creating derives from an imagination teetering between pure spontaneity and adept contemplation..." Click to read more 

 

 

 

Jivan Lee: New Mexico

"Gazed at long enough, the amalgamation of color, forms and shapes in nature inspire the senses—indeed, they awaken the soul as Lawrence so poetically observed—and they can have a profoundly transformative effect. Perhaps it is a primal connection with the land, a kind of elegiac cellular memory, that inspires the senses of awe and longing that nearly always accompany looking at a sunset, gazing across a fruited plain, contemplating a rushing stream or quiet pond, beholding jagged ridges of soaring mountains, or peering into the beckoning mysteries of verdant woods..." Click to read more

 

 

 

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ARCHIVE

2018

Kiyosha Nakagami: Light From Afar

Matthew Curtis: Intersect

Esteban Vicente: The Garden Paintings

Quest for the New: Modernism in the Southwest 

Janet Monafo: Gatherings

Glenn Ostergaard: For the Love of Color

Ed Mieczkoski: Vibrations of the Eye, Mind and Soul

New York Modernism: From a Private Collection

Emily Mason: Inner Resources

 

2017

Michael Roque Collins: Inland Mountain Journey

Merrill Mahaffey: Enduring Landscapes

Woody Gwyn: The Road to Excellence

Ben Aronson: Perspective and the Ephemeral

Wolf Kahn: Light and Color

Fritz Scholder: Figures of Paradox

Brian Rutenberg: Clear Seeing Place

Jivan Lee: A River Runs Through

Skip Steinworth: Recent Works

John Fincher: Classics

Linda Stojak: Preview Showcase Exhibition     

Madison Cawein: Portals to Invisible Worlds

 Carmen Vetter & Sammy Peters: Surface Language

 

2016

Forrest Moses: The Monotypes: Reflections of a Painter        

Dirk de Bruycker: Memorial Exhibition     

Jivan Lee: New Mexico: New Landscape Paintings       

Wes Hempel: Reconnection  

Henry Jackson: Continuum

Emily Mason: Ripple Effect 2016

Tom Palmore: My Menagerie 2016

Michael Roque Collins: Works on Paper

Personal Reflections: Latchezar Boyadjiev & Lucy Lyon

Woody Gwyn: American Vista

Connie Connally: A Place in Time

Kurt Solmssen: Real World

Joe Ramiro Garcia: Optimist

Ira Yeager: Portraits as Narrative

Artem Vitro

Daniel Morper: In Memoriam

Picasso and Munch: Genius on Paper

 

2015

Michael Roque Collins: The Venetian Series       

Brian O'Connor: Mystique with a Message 

Brent Godfrey: Nature | Nurture

John Fincher: Botanica

Dan Christensen: Atmospherics

 

2014

Dirk de Bruycker: Logos

 

2013

The Holy Trinity of Santa Fe Landscape Painting: John Fincher,  Woody Gwyn and Forrest Moses