August 6th - August 23rd
Please join us for the Opening Reception for Ben Fenske’s Solo Show on Saturday August 8, 2015 from 6:30 to 8pm. This show will hang until Sunday, August 23rd.
Ben J. Fenske (b.1980) delivers yet again, another suite of top-notch contemporary impressionist paintings. In this group of paintings we see the continued influence of the Russian school influence, and his eyes continued to be inspired by the beauty and light that surrounds him. Fenske’s ability to paint nature accurately, yet lean towards abstraction, makes him one of the most interesting realists of his generation. The perfectly observed “Nude, 2015” is set in an almost abstruse room of red and pink, washed in a yellow-orange light. The quiet poses is contrasted by the hot colors and dream like brush strokes.
In a boldly intimate composition, “Nude Sleeping” we see a familiar Fenske interior, a bedroom of an old European farmhouse. Emerging from the shadowed bed is the foreshortened form of a very sultry nude. The alternating cool and warm tones bounce around the forms and describe her soft curves. This piece recalls Bonnard’s paintings of a woman at her bath.
Ben Fenske’s "Lunch Table” is a gloriously complex painting of his friends under a canopied lunch table in Chianti. This painting, in addition to being successful and an ambitious multi-figure outdoor narrative, is an in-depth investigation of light effects - as all Fenske paintings. Strips of white, blue and yellow light stream through the canopy to inform the viewers of the people and objects lucky enough to be in this scene. The white-hot heat of the day is juxtaposed by the foreground, the comfortable blue and lavender light of the shaded luncheon table. In fact, this painting is a contemporary take on one of my all time favorite paintings, which can be found in the Phillips Collection in DC, Renoir’s "Luncheon of the Boating Party”. The 21st century Fenske still focuses on the light, but the clothing and the body language are aptly Millennial, as the figures are dressed in simple clothes, and each seems to be in their own thoughts, except for the hostess who is pouring more wine, mid- sentence.
August 27th - September 13th
Please join us at the Opening Reception for Ramiro and Melissa Franklin Sanchez’s exhibition of recent works from 6pm – 7:30pm on Saturday, August 29th. The show will hang until September 13th.
Ramiro (b.1974) and Melissa Franklin Sanchez (b.1984) live and paint together in Florence, Italy. Both classically trained, they draw and paint from life. Ramiro has been showing with Grenning Gallery since its inception in 1997, and he has now become quite established in our local andinternational community of collectors and artists. Franklin Sanchez has created a niche in the market with jewel like intimate paintings on copper in the last few years.
In Ramiro’s 2015 painting ‘Nude’, the viewer cannot see who the model is but the painting exudes an intimacy suggesting a closeness to the painter that can not immediately be explained. Ramiro paints from life, painstakingly searching for accuracy beyond the physical, in order to convey the psyche of the sitter. The painter’s ability to draw the personality from his model is akin to that of John Singer Sargent. "Sonnet" a large vertical by Ramiro depicts a woman in a whimsical red flower-printed dress, reading poetry in the foreground of a bright blue sky. Clouds form and billow in a sky that was once clear, created by the thoughts of this young woman as she reads poetry.
Franklin Sanchez achieves the same intimacy through the level of detail in her depictions of interiors, as seen in “Vase”, 2014 and “Winter Sun”, 2015. These are reminiscent of the domesticity of the 17th Century Dutch Masters, both in appearance and method. Franklin Sanchez is one of our few artists that paint oil on copper. The warm and cozy interiors give us snapshots into their lives together, from the inside of their apartment to Ramiro backlit as he plays his violin. “Magnolia”, 2015, on the other hand, is painted more loosely resulting in a lovely impressionistic composition.
The show is a combination of portraits, interiors and landscapes and shows a dynamic creative interaction between husband and wife. Since both are capable of switching gears between the exacting and the impressionist, they provide Grenning Gallery’s collectors once again with a quality of painting that is unparalleled.
Thoughts by the staff of Grenning Gallery, 2015
Grenning Gallery Showcases Artists New Found Maturity
When painter Ben Fenske was 22, he found himself in the hands of stock market turned self-owned art gallery curator Laura Grenning. Twelve years later, he had shown in her Sag Harbor gallery twelve times and moved beyond his painting comfort zone.
Artists to Watch
Artists to Watch
A Selection of Diverse Local Talents, featuring Maryann Lucas
A prominent east end art collector opens his home to showcase a collection curated and consulted by Laura Grenning. His walls display many beautiful works by Ramiro, Marc Dalessio, and Daniel Graves.