Brintz Gallery is honored to present The Color of Light, a two-person exhibition featuring recent paintings by Ross Bleckner and Eric Freeman. Bleckner and Freeman have known each other for twenty-five years and share a deep interest in the psychological aspects of painting and in the capacity of light and color to evoke feelings of the sublime. Their canvases radiate a quiet power and act as portals to realms of pure sensation.
Ross Bleckner is a highly influential New York artist whose dreamlike paintings hover between representation and abstraction and explore issues of loss, change, memory, and the fleeting beauty of life. In 1995, Bleckner was the youngest artist to be honored with a mid-career retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, and today his works can be found in major public and private collections around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, The National Gallery of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Bleckner’s philanthropic efforts include serving as president of the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), a non-profit community-based AIDS research and treatment education center. More recently, he has been working with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Northern Uganda to help rehabilitate and raise money for ex-child soldiers, and in May of 2009, Bleckner became the first fine artist to be awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations.
Eric Freeman is an internationally-exhibited, mid-career artist known for his vibrant visual meditations on light and color. A Bomb Magazine critic once praised Freeman’s works as “Mark Rothko paintings… with the volume turned way up,” and his paintings’ luminous intensity has also earned favorable comparisons to the work of Light and Space artists, such as James Turrell and Dan Flavin. Using oil paint alone, Freeman is able to achieve truly transcendental effects. The artist David Salle has written that Eric Freeman’s paintings “have the luminosity associated with a solar event, the energy of an explosion” but at the same time “a delicacy, a softness… that convinces us to lower our guard.”
Brintz Gallery was founded in Palm Beach in 2014 for the exhibition and promotion of established, mid-career, and emerging artists with a primary focus on contemporary painting and sculpture. Ross Bleckner has previously exhibited with Brintz Gallery in the 2017 exhibition Garden Party. This is Eric Freeman’s first time exhibiting at the gallery.