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Cardone | Lamb
June 25th - July 10th

The Grenning Gallery is pleased to invite the public to an opening reception on Saturday, July 25th, 2016 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. The show will hang until Sunday, July 10th.

The paintings of Sarah Lamb and Thomas Cardone, while different in style and subject, share a compositional similarity that complement each other in a two-person show. Cardones plein air landscapes of nautical scenes from the East End of Long Island and Lamb’s studio paintings featuring an array of ubiquitous and everyday items pair well aesthetically. In this show, Lambs subjects vary from food to a model antique car, but all exemplify her attention to dimension in foreground, middle ground, and background on the canvas. With both Lamb and Cardone, one is rewarded both emotionally and intellectually by the consideration given to each of these aspects.

Ms. Lambs highly evolved and meticulous process whose antecedents are Beaux Arts Academe training from 19th century France and she’s a star of the current poetic realism movement. She studied with renowned late 20th century and early 21st century classical painters Jacob Collins in New York City and Ted Seth Jacobs in France. Ms. Lamb consistently achieves a formidable accomplishment in her still life paintings: uncanny verisimilitude attaining palpable beauty and a deep sense in truth and nature--the result when master craft and technique combine with personal warmth and observation not of photographs but directly from life. With a distinctly American sensibility, one might even call Lamb a "multi-regional" painter. Living in both Pennsylvanias Brandywine Valley and in Houston, Texas, Ms. Lambs locale very much informs her work. She notes that the quality of light in her Texas studio is of a decidedly higher value and we can see this especially in the backgrounds of her new paintings in this exhibition.

 In "Pineapples", our eyes travel from the dramatically lit pineapples, which establish both vertical and horizontal lines, to a background dappled with light and shadow. It intricately accepts the patterns of the fronds, to the diagonal line of the knife, to the unusual placement of the cutting board, bisecting the visual field, subtly yet emphatically directing our eyes to the deftly painted negative space beneath it.

In Lambs transcendent "Eggs", the balance and harmony of the natural world come to life in the interplay of foreground and background. The eggs various colors, textures, and luminosity of shadings in browns, greens, and ecru are integrated into the background. The ultimate effect of this composition is a celebration of the harmony and ineffable unity found in nature.

A relatively new participant on Facebook, Ms. Lamb notes somewhat wryly that "Antique Alfa Romeo" has garnered more "likes" and "comments" than any other image she has posted. A friend in the Hamptons sent her the model car to paint and she did just that with its quasi-theatrical lighting. A diagonal spotlight falls across the hood, tires (and wheel spokes), table, and brown leather strap hanging from the table and finally fills the lower right quadrant below the tabletop. "Antique Alfa Romeo" is a striking image.

A highly successful art director on animated feature films for Disney and Twentieth Century Fox, Thomas Cardones nautical scenes clearly exhibit a cinematic quality not only in composition but also in that the images seem story-centered rather than static. In the anchor painting of this collection, note how teeming with life is "Wanderer, Sag Harbor New York." Set well back in the scene: the boat, pier, pilings, and small building reflect bright sunlight onto the watery foreground. The jazz-like interplay of greens, blues, pinks, whites, and yellows between foreground and background recall a shimmering quality specific to many 19th century East End impressionists.


Marc Dalessio Rediscovers Italy
July 16th - August 1st

The Grenning Gallery is pleased to invite the public to an opening reception on Saturday, July 16th, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. The show will hang until Monday, August 1st.

As plein air painting continues to resurge, the Grenning Gallery is pleased and honored to present Marc Dalessio’s latest solo show, Marc Dalessio: Rediscovers Italy, on July 16, 2016. This exhibition features large-scale works created in celebration of Dalessios return to Italy. There, he studied and lived for twenty years, before embarking on world travels pursuing his passion for plein air painting and relocating to his present home in Croatia. Dalessios "rediscovery" is so named to acknowledge the "new eyes" from which he perceives his subject(s) and his technical ability to apply that to canvas. In addition to his formal training in painting, few know Marc was a biology major in college and thus an almost scientific inquiry into the nature and properties of light is always present in his work.

The fact that Dalessios website and blog devoted to plein air painting has become an invaluable resource to all might seem a touch ironic: a digital platform from which to revel in a centuries-old tradition, but not to Dalessio. Motivated by his own experiences as a college art student with an unquenchable desire for access to the images, painters, and history and knowledge of en plein air and frustrated by the limitations of availability, creating the digital resource is a natural evolution and organic expression of the artists generosity of spirit, talent, and emotion--readily on display in the epic works of this show.

The two anchor paintings in the show are evocative, in-depth studies of the same Tuscan landscape at different times of year, and in vastly different light. These works proclaim Dalessio’s now mature, highly accomplished craft and technique.

Dalessio exquisitely renders the values of bright sun beaming down behind him in "Castelmuzio, Backlit." Note the dashes of nuanced high sunlight reflecting on the wintry grass in the foreground and as we push deeper into the scene, the more intense light, shadow, and color shimmering across four trees traversing the middle ground. And beyond, the pale villa almost crouching down low to keep warm beneath the white and blue of the sky co-mingling to a visceral, chilly effect: low hanging clouds infused with a bluish tint, the sky above filled with vertical wisps and spires so that neither cloud nor sky are discrete but rather compromised by the other. In the sister painting, "Castelmuzio", we revisit the same landscape but now at a more convivial time of year, the perspective as well as color palette decidedly warmer: the villa now perched on a hilltop, seeming to stand erect, face to the sun, it’s sepulchral pallor transformed to a rich brown terra cotta; the Tuscan hills and foreground now lush and verdant; the blue and white of the sky no longer adversarial but complementary with the white illuminating the blue from behind.

The most original work in this show is "Tuscan Light", which features nine separate panels in one frame of the same landscape painted at the same time of day though in various atmospheric conditions. In this piece, Dalessio employs an almost clinical approach that seamlessly marries the dual impulses of the scientist and the artist to wonderful effect.

A work that fully expresses and articulates Marcs "rediscovery" of Italy is "Giudecca in Winter", where the artist eschews well-trod locales of Venice in favor of a small district, actually an island unto itself, separated by a canal. Furthermore, where paintings of Venice are usually organized in horizontal lines, here we see and feel the solitude and isolation of the square on this damp, overcast day with the vertical lines of a chimney, a few trees, lampposts, and pilings poking out of the water--if not exactly a revisionist perspective, a decidedly personal one.

 


Ben Fenske Solo Show
August 6th - August 21st

Please join us for the opening reception of the "Ben Fenske Solo Show" on August 6th from 6:30 to 8:00pm. 

More beautiful paintings to come! 


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