Brintz Gallery is pleased to present Shangri-La, an exhibition of recent oil paintings of flora and fauna by renowned New York artist John Newsom. Newsom's works are included in The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Hammer Museum, among other important public and private collections.
Shangri-La takes its title from the mythical Himalayan utopia imagined by the early twentieth-century British novelist James Hilton. Inspired by his joy at the birth of his first daughter, Ruby, John Newsom offers his own visions of earthly paradise in this series of abundant compositions infused with tenderness, wonder, and an almost transcendental calm. In the catalogue essay accompanying the exhibition, Phoebe Hoban writes: "It is that transcendental calm that Newsom has channeled into lovely, delicately patterned paintings whose essential prettiness belies their intense visual complexity and underlying formal rigor." The works in Shangri-La are boldly and unapologetically beautiful. Their beauty transports the viewer to a pure land of the imagination, far removed from today's global threats and uncertainties, where the dream of a blissful, jubilant, and harmonious world can still be nurtured and cultivated.