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Visions of the Land: Artists Respond to Nature


Addington Gallery is proud to present “Visions of the Land”, a group exhibition exploring how artists use the genre of landscape painting and painterly improvisation which incorporates images of the natural world to comment on and connect to the psychological and spiritual states of both the artist and viewer. Traditions of "nature painting" and "landscape" are both honored and subverted in these works, as the artists move through and past ideas of naturalism and representation, entering a territory more subjective and open-ended for the viewer.

The exhibition features recent work by artist Paula Blackwell, whose encaustic paintings evolve organically and offer landscapes that are as much places of contemplation as literal locations; Jeff McNutt, whose work is teeming with life, illustrating the fertility, potency, and tenacity of nature; Joan Holleb, whose elegant images painted on copper offer a vision of the land derived from direct observation, but filtered through an adventuresome approach to materials; Susan Kraut, whose subtle, quiet paintings communicate a quest for honest observation and intimate communication ; Rebecca Crowell, whose expressive yet controlled use of cold wax layers and organic compositions strike a seductive balance between the atmospheric and the concrete; Robin Denevan, whose encaustic paintings evoke the great rivers of the world, providing a bridge to his experience of these exotic locals, and placing them indelibly into our collective imagination; Sandra Dawson, whose images of birds and trees are psychologically loaded and offer sensitive and powerful visual essays on the language of painting, both contemporary and classical: Didier Nolet whose work, beginning with direct experience, quickly takes off into flights of fancy, veering off to both painterly control in the large works, and lush loose draughtsmanship in the small works; Mark Perlman, who's mastery of the encaustic medium is expressed in action paintings full of powerful mark making; Michael Dubina, who makes tiny, deeply affecting paintings on the inside of matchbook covers, paintings diminutive in scale but great in emotional impact.


Paula Blackwell


Paula Blackwell, Untitled 306, 24x30, encaustic on panel



Paula Blackwell, Untitled 269, 24x48, encaustic on panel



Paula Blackwell, Untitled 308, 12x12, encaustic on panel



Paula Blackwell, Untitled 293, 12x12, encaustic on panel



Paula Blackwell, Untitled 297, 12x12, encaustic on panel



Paula Blackwell, Untitled 257, 36x48, encaustic on panel



Paula Blackwell, Untitled 255, 24x30, encaustic on panel



Paula Blackwell, In a Dream 230, 24x48, encaustic on panel



Paula Blackwell, The Bridge 278, 48x36, encaustic on panel



Jeff McNutt


Jeff McNutt, Poetry of a New Friend, 48x48, oil, enamel, varnish on canvas



Jeff McNutt, Fall, 48x48, oil, enamel, varnish on canvas



Jeff McNutt, Meadows, 48x48, oil, enamel, varnish on canvas



Jeff McNutt, Papaya, 48x48, oil, enamel, varnish on canvas



Jeff McNutt, Coloratura, 48x48, oil, enamel, varnish on canvas



Jeff McNutt, I Heard an Angel Calling, 36x60, oil, enamel, varnish on canvas



Mark Perlman


Mark Perlman, Station, 48x36, oil, encaustic on panel



Mark Perlman, Tipping, 48x36, oil, encaustic on panel



Michael Dubina


              

Left: Michael Dubina, Moonlight Sonata        Right: Michael Dubina, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
framed size 9x7, oil on matchbook cover.         framed size 9x7, oil on matchbook cover



              

Left: Michael Dubina, Harvest Season        Right: Michael Dubina, Eye of the Storm
framed size 9x7, oil on matchbook cover.         framed size 9x7, oil on matchbook cover



              

Left: Michael Dubina, Anthem        Right: Michael Dubina, Miracle of Rain
framed size 9x7, oil on matchbook cover.         framed size 9x7, oil on matchbook cover



              

Left: Michael Dubina, Resurrection        Right: Michael Dubina, Only God Knows Why
framed size 9x7, oil on matchbook cover.         framed size 9x7, oil on matchbook cover



              

Left: Michael Dubina, Secret Love        Right: Michael Dubina, Another Knockout Punch
framed size 9x7, oil on matchbook cover.         framed size 9x7, oil on matchbook cover




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