Current Exhibition

Current Exhibition


MODERN LANDSCAPE
From Narrative to Conceptual

September 3 - October 31, 2019

Gallery Reception
Tuesday, September 3
5:30 - 7:30 pm

James Weeks, American 1922-1998    ‘Sailing on the Bay II’   1962 oil on canvas 58 x 62 inches

James Weeks, American 1922-1998

‘Sailing on the Bay II’ 1962
oil on canvas
58 x 62 inches

Landscape painting has had its roots in Western culture since antiquity.  The Greeks and Romans created stucco murals of idealized bucolic landscape to decorate their palaces and country villas. After a decline during the middle ages landscape painting was revived by Italian Renaissance painters such as Giorgione representing a growing appreciation for the natural world and man’s place within it. The seventeenth through 19th Centuries saw the landscape reach its pinnacle in traditional narrative painting. 

With the invention of photography painting was liberated from its roll in documenting the world of things.  Through the next hundred years artists explored the psychological effects of color, texture and gesture, injecting the work with their own inner emotions and perceptions. This has been true for landscape painters as well beginning with the French Fauve and German Expressionist movements of the early twentieth Century and continuing to today.

This exhibition looks at the paintings of eleven of the best landscape artists working since 1960. The work ranges from romantic tonal narratives by John McCormick Gail Chase Bien, Thomas Monaghan and Hiro Yokose, The highly abstracted interpretation of the vast Wyoming prairie by Clay Johnson, the Urban motifs of Susan Grossman and Claudia Rilling and finally to the conceptual landscapes of Johnny Winona Ross. I believe viewers will be amazed by the diversity and yet, they are all landscapes!

Kim Eagles-Smith

Mill Valley 2019

John McCormick    ‘Inverness Salt Marsh’   2016 oil on canvas 48 x 60 inches

John McCormick

‘Inverness Salt Marsh’ 2016
oil on canvas
48 x 60 inches

Clay Johnson  ‘  The Long Wait’   2016 acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 inches

Clay Johnson

The Long Wait’ 2016
acrylic on canvas
48 x 48 inches

Clay Johnson    ‘The Seven Seas’   2017 acrylic on linen 48 x 60 inches

Clay Johnson

‘The Seven Seas’ 2017
acrylic on linen
48 x 60 inches

Thomas Monaghan  ‘  Lake Shore Reflections’   2007 oil on canvas 60 x 48 inches

Thomas Monaghan

Lake Shore Reflections’ 2007
oil on canvas
60 x 48 inches

Thomas Monaghan  ‘  Flowing Light’   2015 oil on canvas 60 x 48 inches

Thomas Monaghan

Flowing Light’ 2015
oil on canvas
60 x 48 inches

Susan Grossman    ‘Lucent’   2019 charcoal & pastel on archival artist board 35 x 45 inches

Susan Grossman

‘Lucent’ 2019
charcoal & pastel on archival artist board
35 x 45 inches

Susan Grossman    ‘Ahead’   2019 charcoal & pastel on archival artist board 50 x 60 inches

Susan Grossman

‘Ahead’ 2019
charcoal & pastel on archival artist board
50 x 60 inches

Claudia Rilling    ‘View From Larkin St. San Francisco’   2018 oil on wood panel 24 x 24 inches

Claudia Rilling

‘View From Larkin St. San Francisco’ 2018
oil on wood panel
24 x 24 inches

Claudia Rilling    ‘Shifting Light’   2019 oil on wood panel 18 x 18 inches

Claudia Rilling

‘Shifting Light’ 2019
oil on wood panel
18 x 18 inches