Richard Orient & Karen Woods with ceramics by Alice Federico project of small works by McWillie Chambers
Date(s) - 03/07/2017 - 04/01/2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
George Billis Gallery, New York
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Opening reception: Thursday, March 9, 6-8PM
Richard Orient: New Landscapes is a series of landscapes painted over the past year. It includes the artist’s observations of oceans, wooded hills, and ponds in different seasons. In these landscape paintings, Orient emphasizes the subtle moods and transient light he sees and experiences, capturing moments often overlooked in nature. Some works assume an expansive perspective, as in the Atlantic ocean paintings, while others, like the pond reflections, are intimate and close portrayals. Throughout, Orient, seeks to convey his intimate connection to nature.
Karen Woods: For some time now I have chronicled my journey by painting what I experience while driving around the city. I paint—in the realist tradition—from photographs taken at intersections and on the road, when I’ve been struck by the beauty in the ordinariness of my commute. These images are the “lyrical suggestions” that compel me to paint, to communicate these transcendent experiences so clearly that others might in turn recognize this beauty in the course of their day.
“I do think the big problem in a way…is how you deal with ordinary life—that is not extraordinary, that does not involve heroism, that does not involve crises, really. But the way in we live is meaningful, and it does have a certain radiance.”
— John Updike
Alice Federico was born in Selma, Alabama in 1945. She received a BA degree in history from Hollins University (1967), an MFA in ceramics from East Carolina University (1977), as well as a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute (1983).
McWillie Chambers: Throughout all the different inspirations that you’ve had in your work, could you say that there is one central message that ties together all of your work?