ANGELS + ATMOSPHERES
Recent Works of
July 28 - August 18, 2022
Saturday, July 30, 5- 6:30 PM
Christopher Engel‘s newest series, Angels + Atmospheres, stems from a two-year period during Covid, when the artist contemplated and reflected on the plight of isolated people, covered up, masked, and searching for answers. Much of the work relates to the beauty of an open face, of seeing a full being and all their expressions and emotions. All the work, whether abstract or figurative, has the same dreamlike, meditative quality.
Engel explains, "So many people today are searching for guidance and looking for help. What they can try to do is find the 'angel' within themselves, and when keying into that, they can open up a door of understanding, connection, and hope."
This series reveals Engel's idea that angels are all around us and are here to help us. Engel says, "In ancient history, people acknowledged the existence of angels and accepted them. In modern times, we find it harder to accept their presence, and yet they continue to exist." Engel believes they can appear in the most unlikely places. "Angels are there - 'summoned or not' - whether on a street in Brooklyn, in a supermarket aisle, or in a cave by the sea."
Engel's abstract works are in many ways mandalas that are deconstructed; stretching out with layers of vibrant hues for us to ponder and move through. Atmospheres as a form of meditation. For example, in Above Below, we see what appears to be sacred writing, an incantation, swirling, fragmented across a block of color lines in the process of reconnecting.
Engel's faces and figures are reminiscent of childlike drawings with quick strokes, thick color, and collaged elements. The layers of the paintings reveal many meanings, and the viewer is drawn to the symbolism of the letters, numbers, words, and archetypal imagery. Many of the collaged images are of angelic forms from many cultures, superimposed over figures questioning, searching, and speaking. In the painting Lumen, the single angelic being is illuminated and supports a childlike figure, while ringing a bell of awakening and epiphany. Just as in the abstracts, the markings create a mystical quality.
Engel continues, "We are always surrounded by the presence of angels. We can also be angels for each other."
August 18 - September 8, 2022
Sautrday, August 20, 5-6:30 PM
Thomas Condon, who is a regular exhibitor at The Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor, New York, is principally known for his lush landscapes and floral compositions which are inspired by the natural settings from his homes in the Hamptons, New York City and Florida.
A native New Englander, Tom’s architectural canvases, by contrast, are characterized by a sense of stark separateness, devoid of human presence and activity, yet filled with it. His work is clearly inspired by Edward Hopper.
Barbara Groot grew up in Southern California with the sun and light illuminating the landscape. Now living and working in East Hampton, she finds the light on the East End equally special and energizing.
“This energy has charged and influenced the work plus my ongoing desire to reinvent the immediacy of the ever changing moments in nature,” says Groot. “The paintings contain active and bold brushwork to pursue the energy felt in our natural world. A strong, personal and inventive layered use of color gives these paintings a fresh, lush and sometimes surprising view into the world around us. The use of linear elements further vitalize the brushwork.”
Richard Denning has studied at the Art Students League, NYC with twenty years of classes in drawing, watercolor, and workshops at Asilomar. Pacific Grove, California (near Big Sur), Hudson River School (near West Point). Denning’s main artistic interest is in figures and landscapes. His commission work includes views of San Francisco Bay Golden Gate Bridge, and Holiday Calendars done for commercial clients in each of the past 25 years.
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