Recent paintings and works on paper: Riley Brewster
with works by Steven Powers
FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, 1064 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510
October 14 – November 11, 2017
Opening Reception is Saturday, October 14th, 6 – 8 PM
Sweet Spot Series Artist talk, with Riley Brewster and a musical performance by Elm City Consort
Sunday, October 29th, 2pm
“A picture lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes of the sensitive observer. It dies by the same token. It is therefore risky to send it out into the world. How often it must be impaired by the eyes of the unfeeling and the cruelty of the impotent.”
“In creating a narrative of scale, light, shape, and surface the paintings become a record of accumulated decisions; Affirmations, denials of time recorded and remarked . . .”
At first glance, the paintings of Riley Brewster appear to be minimal and mute. It is the subtle shifts in color and texture that lock hold of the viewer’s eyes and eloquently move them through the deep woven layers, exposing the true complexity of the composition’s structure. What had once appeared to be blue appears now, to be red. What had once felt very close now seems very distant. Riley Brewster's mastery of the nuances of texture and color is enhanced by the artist’s sensitivity to composition, form, and materials.
Brewster, was educated at Bowdoin College, in Maine, and received his MFA in Painting, from Yale University. He has taught at many institutions, including, Hampshire College, The New York Studio School, Dartmouth University, Bowdoin College and The University of Washington. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States. Brewster's work can be found in both private and public collections including the Davis Museum of Art, the Museum of Art (Portland, Maine) Vermont Studio Center, and the Yale University Museum of Art. Riley has also been awarded many residencies and fellowship opportunities, including, Visiting Artist Residency from Vermont Studio Center, Painting Fellowship from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, Painting Fellowship from the Pollock/Krasner Foundation, and a Painting Fellowship from the Esther and Adolf Gottlieb Foundation.
Fred Giampietro Gallery is located across the street from the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, less than 1 mile from interstate I-91 and Union Railroad Station at 1064 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06510. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday 11am – 5pm or by appointment. For more information please call the Gallery at (203) 777-7760 or visit us on the web at www.GiampietroGallery.com