Congratulations to Gallery Henoch artist Silas Kopf, who was awarded the Smithsonian Institution's James Renwick Alliance 2015 Master of the Medium Aaward in the Wood category! The Masters of the Medium award recognizes artists for excellence of their body of work in the five craft areas of ceramics, fiber, glass, metal and wood. Bad Hare Day, above, is now in the Renwick Gallery’s permanent collection.
For more information on Silas Kopf contact the gallery.
Susan Goldsmith's work will be on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on April 11, 2015 for their annual Slow Art Day, a global event that aims to transform the act of viewing art. On a single day each year, people all over the world are encouraged visit local museums and galleries to look at five pieces of art for an hour or more. After the slow-viewing exercise, participants meet for lunch to talk about their experiences.
For more information on Susan Goldsmith contact the gallery.
Stephen Wright's paintings Jen 1 and Jen 2 will be a part of The Artist's Gaze: Seeing Women in the 21st Century, a group show at Sirona Fine Art. In advance of the exhibition, a preview of the show (above) will appear in the February issue of American Art Collector.
For more information on Stephen Wright contact the gallery.
Sharon Sprung's painting, Z With Dragon, is in Portraits, Inc.'s new exhibition, "Today's Portraits: Emerging Artists and Leading Masters," at New York's Salmagundi Club. The exhibition will explore current trends in portraiture in a group exhibition and symposium. A strong cohort representing the genre's emerging talents and leading masters will be showing works that both reinforce and dispel our collective notions of what a portrait should and can be.
November 12 - 20, 2014
47th Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
For more information on Sharon Sprung contact the gallery.
Gallery Henoch artist Patricia Traub will have work in the Woodmere Art Museum's group show I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. This playful exhibition illustrates each stanza of the humorous children’s song of the same title, written by Rose Bonne, composed by Alan Mills, and made popular in the 1950s by singer Burl Ives. The fly, spider, bird, cat, dog, goat, cow, horse, and, of course, the old lady herself are represented in a selection of artworks.
The show runs January 10 - March 1, 2015.
If you live in the area. Patricia Traub will be giving a lecture on her work at the museum on on February 21, 2015 at 3 pm.
*Update* The Woodmere Museum of Art has acquired four of Patricia Traub's drawings for their permanent collection.
For more information on Patricia Traub contact the gallery.
Professor of Art and Art History, John Seed, has a great new interview with Gallery Henoch artist Robert Jackson in The Huffington Post. Jackson discusses his work and process, his current show at Gallery Henoch, as well as his new book, Behind The Easel. Read the interview here or by clicking the image above.
For more information on Robert Jackson contact the gallery.
Running from October 5 thru December 28, the show "promotes contemporary artists exploring methods and materials that highlight illusionism of all forms to fool the viewers' eye. Work exhibited will translate and redefine traditional trompe l'oeil realism. Faux Sho' exaggerates the false and recreates urban textures, street art parodies and scenes from life into two and three-dimensional imitations."
Islip Art Museum is located in East Islip, NY, in Long Island. The reception for the show will be held November 9, from 1-4pm. Faux Sho' is curated by Beth Giacummo.
For more information on Daniel Greene and Robert Jackson contact the gallery.
Fans of Lucong's work will be pleased to find that his painting Makena 9 (above) will be shown in a group ehxibion, Sranger Than Fiction, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, September 6 thru October 4th.
The show "features works by a selection of artists who have a photorealistic style and use portraiture as their subject. Due to the democratization of photography, portraiture is becoming increasingly ubiquitous and has inspired the artists in this exhibition to distort their subjects, either literally, figuratively or both. This departure away from traditional portraiture draws attention to society¹s current state of hyper-reality, in which having a direct relationship with the physical 'real' is no longer necessary."
Jonathan LeVine Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, New York, NY.
For more information on Lucong contact the gallery.
This invitational and juried exhibition highlights the strength and innovation of America’s current trends in realism. We are proud to expand the discourse on this enduring tradition in presenting the 2014 installment of this dynamic contemporary exhibition. Although a seemingly narrow focus, this exhibition presents a vast range of ideas, approaches, styles, and subject matter by masters of realism, including Tom Martin, Roberto Bernardi, and Alyssa Monk.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art is located in Fort Wayne, IN. Prize jurors this year include Frank Bernarducci of Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, and Charles Shepard III of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The exhibition runs September 20 – November 30, 2014.
For more information on Sharon Sprung, Eric Zener, or Vincent Giarrano, contact the gallery.
Gallery Henoch is pleased to join over one hundred galleries and studios for the 2014 Chelsea Art Walk on Thursday, July 24th, 5-8pm.
The neighborhood will welcome visitors for the 5th Annual Chelsea Art Walk, when galleries will be open late until 8pm. Free and open to the public, the Walk will showcase the galleries’ summer exhibitions as well as host artist talks, receptions and other special events running from 5-8pm.
Chelsea Art Walk is organized by the community to promote exciting group exhibitions and unique projects only available to audiences over the summer. For the past four years, the Walk has attracted thousands of guests to this one-night-only event. Spanning venues from 16th to 30th Street between 9th and 11th Avenue, Chelsea Art Walk continues to display the value of these art spaces and the vibrancy of their exhibitions.
For more information on the 2014 Chelsea Art Walk contact the gallery.
Proving the painted portrait continues to remain relevant, the National Portrait Gallery in London celebrates its 35th annual competition by selecting the very best of contemporary portrait painting from around the world. David Kassan's LETTER TO MY MOM was selected for a top prize out of a record number of more than 2,300 entries. The exhibition runs through September 21, 2014.
For more information on David Kassan contact the gallery.
Congratulations to Gallery Henoch artist Robert Jackson, whose solo show Without a Net at the South Dakota Art Museum will be opening on June 10, 2014. The exhibition is sponsored by Dr. David and Patricia Meyer and runs through September 21, 2014. A public reception for the show will be held on Friday, September 19 from 4:30 - 7pm.
Fans of Jackson's work will be excited to learn that the paintings from Without a Net will be travelling to Gallery Henoch for Jackson's upcoming solo show at the gallery, opening November 6th, 2014.
For more information on Robert Jackson contact the gallery.
The Annual is one of the first showcases of contemporary American art. Created by Academy founders Samuel F.B. Morse, Thomas Cole, and Asher Brown Durand, the exhibition was the principal, and for many years the only outlet for American artists and architects to exhibit their work.
The Annual 2014: Redefining Tradition, on view June 11 – September 14, 2014, brings together multiple generations of National Academicians and creates a constellation that illuminates affinities, connections, differences, and most importantly a relevant continuum of American art and architecture. As a celebration of the diverse contributions of the Academy’s members, The Annual continues an important survey of contemporary American art.
For more information on Daniel Greene contact the gallery.
Congratulations to Gallery Henoch artist David Kassan for being named one of BP Portrait Award's Shortlisted Artists. Now in its thirty-fifth consecutive year at the National Portrait Gallery, the Portrait Award is the most prestigious international portrait painting competition and the free exhibition continues to be an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar.
Kassan's painting Letter to my Mom (left) is a portrait of his mother. Kassan invited his mother to sit for him in his studio while she made a brief stop on her way to Europe. She was reluctant and in order to persuade her he had to bribe her with a painting of his son Lucas.
He says: ‘My work is very personal and heartfelt. It’s my visual diary, so my family and loved ones make up a large part of what and why I paint. My parents have always been inspirational to paint. This portrait is a letter to my mom, who hates it when I paint her. But I tell her in the painting that by painting her, it is my way of spending time with her, contemplating our relationship and time together, my earliest memories. The Hebrew text reads: ‘Dear Mom,/ This painting is my way to spend more time with you./ My way to meditate on our life together./ And all of the earliest memories I have/All of my earliest memories from you’.
The BP Portrait Award 2014 prize winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, 24 June, 2014. Keep your fingers crossed for David!
For more information on David Kassan contact the gallery.
In conjunction with Eric Zener's current solo show at Gallery Henoch, The Quin is proud to host an exhibit from the artist’s land series. The exhibit is part of Quin Arts’ residency and artist salon programs. The reception was held on April 24th, 2014.
Quin Arts’ latest exhibit features an original oil painting and 11 resins of Zener’s most popular pieces. Zener has also created a dynamic medley of images that incorporates new work from the Gallery Henoch exhibit for the Quin’s video art wall.
This Quin Arts event was curated by DK Johnston of The Arts Fund. Eric Zener has made a limited number of pieces available exclusively to friends of Gallery Henoch and the Quin.
For more information on Eric Zener's solo show at Gallery Henoch, or the exhibit at the Quin, contact the gallery.
If you haven't seen Mel Leipzig's extraordinary solo show at Gallery Henoch yet, you only have a few days left. The show runs through Saturday, April 19th.
And when you visit the gallery you might get a chance to observe Mel in action. Mel is currently painting a portrait of one of Gallery Henoch's seasoned staff, Gregory Ingram, in the gallery! Mel will be at the gallery Thursday, Friday and Saturday - April 17-19.
For more information on Mel Leipzig contact the gallery.
We're excited to share a brilliant review of Mel Leipzig's current show by the New York-based art critic Will Heinrich.
Heinrich writes, "Mel Leipzig paints with four acrylic colors (not counting black), no drawing, the edge-to-edge punctiliousness of a Nikomat and the fluent pragmatism of a courtroom illustrator, but he never loses his grip on the central distinguishing fact of a person or scene."
The review appears in print in this week's New York Observer, and online at GalleristNY.com. Don't miss your chance to see Mel's work-the show runs through April 19, 2014.
Click here or on the image above to read the full review.
For more information on Mel Leipzig contact the gallery.
Gallery Henoch is pleased to announce the forthcoming solo exhibition of works by Mel Leipzig.
Art critic Dan Bischoff notes: “For more than four decades Mel has stood in Trenton, New Jersey and painted the worlds around him: Fast cooks in their diners, jacketed waiters among their tables, students at the college where he taught for nearly half a century, fellow artists in their studios. Leipzig is a portraitist, but he doesn’t just produce recognizable likenesses. He paints, as artist Carl Hazlewood once put it, “rooms” — all the stuff that makes up a person’s home or workplace. More often than not, that makes a truer portrait than the subject’s physiognomy.”
At 78 years old, Mel Leipzig hustles a four-foot canvas out of his white van and sets up for the day’s project; he is painting a young female tattoo artist in her shop. This marks the first of 8 weekly visits he will make before the canvas is ready to exhibit. On Thursday, March 27th, Gallery Henoch will open a four-week exhibition of Mr. Leipzig’s portraits. Margaret O’Reilly, Curator of Fine Art at the New Jersey State Museum, selected the 22 paintings to be exhibited at Gallery Henoch thru April 19, 2014.
In honor of Women's History Month, we'd like to spotlight the women painters at Gallery Henoch. Sharon Sprung's richly evocative nudes, Janet Rickus's exquisitely clever still lifes, Patricia Traub's intimate portraits of endangered animals, Susan Goldsmith's layered compositions of blooming trees and lily pad pools, Alexandra Pacula's enigmatic portraits of New York City at night, Olga Antonova's gracefully rendered still lifes, and SungHee Jang's uncanny architectural paintings-these talented artists have broadened Gallery Henoch's vision and inspired in us new ways of thinking about painting.
Gallery Henoch is thrilled to welcome Daniel Greene to the gallery. Greene, born in 1934, is considered one of America's leading painters who works in the media of pastel and oil paint.
Daneil Greene's paintings and pastels are in over 700 public and private collections in the United States and abroad. Highly regarded as a portrait artist, his subjects have included leaders of Government, Banking, Education and Industry.
Greene will have several works on view during the current Winter Group Show, including paintings from his Subway Series and elegant pastels from his Still Life Series. A solo exhibition is scheduled for 2015.
On January 22nd, Gallery Henoch assisted in the unveiling of a new portrait by Max Ferguson. Broadway Producers Bonnie Comley & Stewart F. Lane hosted an evening celebration of friends and supporters of STEPS To End Family Violence. The portrait was won by Comley and Lane at a benefit auction this past summer. The couple selected their twin sons to be painted for the portrait.
STEPS To End Family Violence is dedicated to empowering families and communities through innovative strength-based prorams that promote healing and social change. It is a NYC Program at The Edwin Gould Foundation.
Check out Daniel Gauss's excellent review of our current group show, The City, in the New York Examiner . The paintings in the show "arrest one visually and engage the viewer in a contemplation of transience and permanence as well as a reflection on the current status of New York City as it gravitates to a new mayor and a new era," writes Gauss.
Sharon Sprung is racking up reviews for her recents how at Gallery Henoch, Flesh.
"Sprung's works," writes Krystle Stricklin in this month's American Art Collector, "both intimate and engaging, leaves viewers with the sense that they are witnessing a private moment, a stolen glance into the model's soul."
Stricklin also interviewed Sprung for November's issue of International Artist.
The City, our group show featuring Richard Combes, Max Ferguson, Vincent Giarrano, Robert C. Jackson, Bertrand Meniel, Simon Nicholas, Alexandra Pacula, Kathy Ruttenberg, Raphaella Spence, and Sharon Sprung, has been reviewed by Fine Art Connoisseur online.
Come by the gallery to see the show in person. It runs through December 7th.
Gallery Henoch artist Janet Rickus will be participating in the Berkshire Museum's upcoming two-person show, "Radical Traditionalism."
from the Berkshire Museum press:
Berkshire Museum presents "Radical Traditionalism," an exhibition of works by two area-based painters, Janet Rickus and Colin Brant, curated by artist and critic, Carol Diehl. Rickus is known for her meticulous still life paintings of fruits and vegetables, while Brant’s subject is lush landscape that often includes vignettes of people at play. Radical Traditionalism opens to the public on November 8, 2013, and will be on view through January 2, 2014.
The Opening Reception is from 5 to 7 p.m., free and open to the public; please RSVP to 413.443.7171 ext. 37.
If you happen to find yourself near the University of Connecticut, take a few hours to check out their current group show, Uncanny. Gallery Henoch's very own Lucong is included in the exhibition.
"All of the works in the exhibition create the sensation of something almost real, almost alive - but not quite. The uncanny lies in that narrow margin between what is real and what cannot be." (UConn Contemporary Art Galleries press release.)
The show is curated by Barry A. Rosenberg and Micoh Sizemore, and runs through October 25th. See it while you can!
One of our favorite still life artists, Janet Rickus, is participating in a group show at the Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The exhibition features many spectacular examples of contemporary still life painting. The show runs through January 12, 2014.
Browsing around on the internet? Looking for a really great artist interview to read? Well look no further: Southwest Art published an excellent interview with Gallery Henoch artist Robert Jackson. Jackson talks about his studio, his practice, his town, his props. It's a great read, and a good way to get an insight on Jackson's work.
The State of New Jersey recently honored Gallery Henoch artist Mel Leipzig with a Joint Legislative Resolution upon his retirement from the Mercer County Community College after forty-five years of teaching.
The resolution recognizes Mel for his "uncommon level of knowledge, commitment, and creativity" and "pays tribute to his meritorious history of leadership and dedication in behalf of the citizenry of Mercer County and this State."
Patricia Traub featured at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Gallery Henoch artist Patricia Traub has two paintings represented in the museum exhibition “The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World” at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art. The show runs from November 17, 2012 – April 7 2013.
Traub's work is part of the Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women. A recent gift to the Museum, the collection is comprised of close to 500 works. Major themes represented within the collection: Selfhood, Politics, and Nature.
The exhibition also includes works by Louise Bourgeois, Alice Neel, Miriam Schapiro, Janet Fish and others. A beautiful book accompanies the exhibition with essays by leading scholars of modern and contemporary art.
For more information on the exhibition, click here.
To view available works by Patricia Traub, click here.
We are very pleased to announce that gallery artists David Kassan and Vincent Giarrano have been named as finalists in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. The competition is one of the finest shows of its type in the United States and boasts thousands of applicants. Giarrano's portrait, City Girl, will be on display, as will Kassan's Mom.
The finalists will exhibit a selected piece at the National Portrait Gallery from March 23, 2013 – February 2014.
Poets and Artists Magazine features Gallery Henoch artist Stephen Wright on the cover of the August issue.
The cover and 6 page interior spread features Stephen's newest series of portraits of fellow artist Alyssa Monks. Wright says, "At first it was going to be just one portrait. Since we are on opposite coasts, I asked Alyssa if she could take some shots of herself in her iconic bathtub (sans water)...Surprised with the wide range of emotions she portrayed, I couldn't stop at just one painting, and so wound up doing a series." Read the full article here.
To view available works by Stephen Wright, click here.
Gallery Henoch Artists' paintings featured in new 2012 movie “The Time
Being” produced by FilmColony - Richard Gladstein (“Reservoir Dogs”, “The Bourne Identity”, “Pulp Fiction”)
starring Frank Langella and Wes Bentley.
Eric Zener's and Stephen Wright's oil paintings are featured in a new movie about a talented but struggling artist who meets a mysterious and wealthy benefactor and their relationship, which is not what it appears to be.
To view available works by Eric Zener, click here.
To view available works by Stephen Wright, click here.
Chuck Scarborough interviews Max Ferguson Live on Tuesday, June 5th, 7 P.M. on NBC New York Nonstop
Emmy award-winning news anchor Chuck Scarborough interviews Max Ferguson on NBC New York Nightly News abou his current solo show PAINTING MY FATHER at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum.
The solo show at Hebrew Union College will run through June 29, 2012.
To view available works by Max Ferguson, click here.
In this interview, David Kassan talks with The Artist's Magazine's, Maureen Bloomfield, about his artistic inspiration and background, and what he learns from teaching drawing and painting techniques to others.
To watch David's interviews with MSNBC and ABC, click here.
To view available works by David Kassan, click here.
Gallery Henoch congratulates artist Sharon Sprung on being a selected honoree of the National Academy ‘s 2012 Spring Gala. She will be honored at the prestigious event on May 17, 2012, alongside David Driskell, NA, and Robert Storr.
For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, click here.
To view available works by Sharon Sprung, click here.
The Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, PA, has acquired Gallery Henoch artist Patricia Traub's painting The Agriculturalist for their permanent collection. The painting will be on view as part of the upcoming exhibition "Haunting Narratives: Detours from Philadelphia Realism, 1935 to the Present,” which runs from May 12 - July 15, 2012.
Patricia will be part of a panel discussion at the museum on Narrative Realism, on June 30, 3:00pm to 4:30pm.
New England Home Magazine profiled Gallery Henoch artist Silas Kopf in this month's issue. Reviewer Nathaniel Reade notes, "A curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London recently called [Kopf] 'easily America’s most adept practitioner of marquetry.'" Read the full article here on our website or
here on New Englad Home Magazine's.
For more information about Kopf's work contact Gallery Henoch.
Hebrew Union College in New York will exhibit Gallery Henoch artist Max Ferguson in his thirtieth solo show. The exhibition Painting My Father will run April 16 - June 29.
The show will focus on one of Ferguson's most frequent models, his father, "showing thirty paintings [Ferguson] has done of him over a thirty year period, coinciding with what would have been his father's 100th birthday. His paintings, at once timely and personal; timeless and universal, capture the tones and moods of a rapidly changing New York."
Mel Leipzig's painting Carly the Piercer (above) is featured in the National Academy's Annual exhibition. "The National Academy's Annual exhibition features works by over 100 artists and architects juxtaposing contemporary masters with emerging and mic-career artists. The Annual wil be on view January 25 through April 29, 2010 at the National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street."
How doesRobert Jackson make those amazing paintings? Watch this video and find out.
Jackson's first monograph book (published by Schiffer Books) will be available in March 2012. With an introduction by Philip Eliasoph that places Jackson in the art historical framework, the book contains more than 130 images of the artist's paintings with details, photographs of the artist at work, sketchbook reproductions, and an interview with the artist himself. For more details or pre-order information, please contact Gallery Henoch.
Max Ferguson's work was reviewed in both Professional Artist magazine and The Artist Magazine's September issues. Of his process, Ferguson says, "I like my work to be beautiful. [...] I love antiquities and old buildings. I prefer an old piece of furniture with a patina and cracks." Still, Ferguson doesn't characterize himself as nostalgic. "I'm not so concerned with the past as I am capturing these things for future generations."
Mel Leipzig's work is currently featured in a three-person exhibition at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Leipzig has shown in museums throughout the United States and his work has been reviewed in countless art publications. Don't miss this show - on view until December 4th.
For more information on Leipzig's work, contact Gallery Henoch.
Gallery Henoch congratulates artist Stephen Wright for winning first place in the Manifest International Painting Annual competition. Over 430 artists from 46 states and 26 countries submitted work for the competition. A print publication highlighting work from 79 artists, including Wright, is out and available for order. Click on the image above to read Wright's statementin the INPA catalogue.
For more information on Wright's work, contact the Gallery Henoch.
November's issue of ARTnews Magazine features an article about Gallery Henoch artist Mel Leipzig's work, studio practice, and technique.
"His paintings," writes reviewer Celia McGee, "take a disorienting approach to perspective, while capturing every object in his sight."
Kim Cogan's recent solo show at Gallery Henoch was also reviewed in November's issue of ARTnews Magazine.
Of Cogan's paintings, art critic Greg Lindquist writes, "The images in this show were like a travelogue of quintessential New York vistas and scenes."
Click on the image to the left to view the article.
The Star Ledger Art Critic, Dan Bishoff, highlights Gallery Henoch's Summer Group Show of realist painters and sculptors, including new gallery artist Gary Godbee and Mel Leipzig.
Godbee at Gallery Henoch
Through Sept. 3, the Gallery Henoch in Manhattan is hosting its “Summer Show” of realists; Gallery Henoch also shows Mercer County College painter Mel Leipzig, and realism is its particular stock in trade. And this year, for the first time, the gallery has included Jersey artist Gary Godbee, whose meticulous landscapes, which often appear to be done from some magisterial height, are featured.
Godbee has taught at the Yard School of Art in the Montclair Art Museum since 1993, and his work has been familiar in regional exhibitions for years. The way he stands out from his fellow Jersey panorama artists — such as Valeri Larko and Rackstraw Downes — has always been his subtle taste for atmospheric color combined with an almost Where’s Waldo sense of humor. His landscapes are so precisely done that they drag you toward searching for the painterly bit that tells you it’s not a photograph, and the hunt can make you miss something lugubrious in his straight-as-a-ruler horizon lines that stop a perspective created entirely by receding colors. It’s a complex gift.
Gallery Henoch is at 555 W. 25th St. Open 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Free. For more information, call (917) 305-0003 or visit galleryhenoch.com.
AARP's Mike Cuthbert interviews Max Ferguson about his work and influences. Click on the image above left to listen to his interview, and the image on the above right to view a slideshow of Ferguson's early and recent paintings.
Gallery Henoch will be exhibiting at the 2011 Dallas Art Fair. Located at the Fashion Industry Gallery – adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the revitalized downtown Arts District – the Fair will feature over 70 prominent national and international art dealers and galleries exhibiting paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs by modern and contemporary artists.
The fair opens with a Gala preview on Thursday, April 7th, 2011.
The show continues Friday, April 8 - Sunday, April 10, 2011 in the FIG Building on the corner of Ross Ave & Akard Street
Gallery Henoch will host a book signing for Eric Zener on Saturday, March 19, 2011. The event will be accompanied by a selected showing of the artist's paintings. The event is free and open to the public.
Art Publishing Ltd published the 250 page hardbound book. It catalogs Zener's career as an artist who has explored his ideas through painting, video, sculpture, and resin. Readers will explore
151 color prints that are accompanied by 25 essays and reflections on the work. Contributors include Gerry Haggerty, Robert Ayers, Billy Getty, and George Henoch Shechtman, among others.
This exhaustive monograph explores his many depictions of figures suspended in water or surrounded by the natural world. His work questions what happens to us when we are alone in nature. Much like a
sensory deprivation chamber, these scenarios expose the drama of when the physiological intersects with psychological. Zener's most potently resourced metaphors utilize water for its cocoon-like
envelopments and its buoyant yet renewing qualities.
Art critic Gerard Haggerty calls Max Ferguson's paintings "meticulously rendered and thoughtfully composed" in the February issue of ARTnews.
Ferguson concentrates on images associated with an older New York (Coney Island, mom-and-pop shops, etc.), which stems not so much from nostalgia as it does from a desire to capture things while they are still here. Many of the subjects he has painted have already gone the way of the wrecking ball, or been renovated beyond recognition. As Ferguson puts it, "It is at once both crushing to see them gone, but very gratifying to know I have preserved them, at least in paint."
Ferguson learned the discipline for his meticulously rendered paintings while doing animated films as a teenager, graduating from New York University film school in 1980. But it was while spending a year at an art school in Amsterdam that his interest switched to painting. He developed an enduring admiration for Dutch seventeenth-century painters and has sought to integrate their concern for craftsmanship with contemporary urban realism.
Read the full review of Max Ferguson's November 2010 exhibit at Gallery Henoch, Urban Intimacy, by clicking here or on the image to the left.
State of the Arts presents an intimate look at the life and work of renowned realist painter, respected professor, family man, and Trenton native, Mel Leipzig. Filmed over the course of three years, the program highlights Leipzig’s work as well as the close friendships and family bonds that serve as his inspiration. Mel Leipzig: Everything is Paintable airs Thursday, January 27 at 8 pm on NJN1; from Friday, January 28 through Thursday, February 3 at 5 pm and 11 pm on NJN2.
Now in his 70s, Mel Leipzig, known for drawing from real life to produce work that incorporates elaborate detail and unique perspective, finds himself more deeply immersed than ever in the work that has gained him high praise throughout the art world. His large realist paintings resonate with art enthusiasts of all ages.
During this half-hour special, producer Eric Shultz sits down with Leipzig to discuss the veteran painter’s career, which spans over three decades. Shultz talks with Leipzig’s family, including two of his favorite subjects – his children Francesca and Joshua – and with the artist’s students at Mercer County Community College, where he has taught art history and painting for many years.
For decades, Leipzig painted only his family and close friends. After the sudden death of his wife Mary Jo a few years ago, Leipzig began a series of paintings of religious leaders, artists, and architects including Michael Graves and Robert Venturi. Leipzig’s works are in collections at the White House, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York.
Watch the entire half-hour documentary on NJN's website by clicking here.
Jesse Kornbluth (editor of HeadButler.com) compares Max Ferguson to Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer in this Huffington Post article.
Read the full review of Ferguson's paintings and Gallery Henoch opening on Huffington Post's
NY Daily News critic Patrick Huguenin writes about Max Ferguson's painting and process in this review of Ferguson's recent exhibit at Gallery Henoch.
Of this subject matter, Ferguson says, "I'm very into the idea of preserving things that are disappearing. Sometimes I will read about something that's about to be demolished or a store that's about
to close after being open for 100 years, so I run there."
Read more about Ferguson's work by clicking on the images to the left.