Mayhew’s career has been even longer, though it hasn’t taken place under the same intense spotlight. At 91 years old, he’s considered one of the greatest landscape painters alive today, with works featuring in the permanent collections of major museums including the Metropolitan and the Whitney. Jigsaw
(2009), bordered on either side by Alpert’s bronze sculptures at ACA Galleries, is a fine example of his style: serene but vibrant, a lush oil on canvas that evokes the atmosphere, perhaps, of a vermilion sunset over a lake, or a shadowy forest on the edge of a field. Like Alpert’s, Mayhew’s work is deeply rooted in internal improvisation. “My art is based on a feeling—of music and mood and sensitivity and the audio responses of sound and space,” he has stated
. “I want the essence of the inner soul to be on the canvas.” It’s not clear exactly what landscape you’re looking at in the resulting canvases, and that’s part of the appeal. Even in a busy gallery, it’s easy to get lost in one of Mayhew’s dreamy scenes.