Artists included in the exhibition are Stanley Boxer, Derek Buckner, Antonio Carreno, Julie Heffernan, Yangyang Pan, Michelle Sakhai, and Hunt Slonem. The opening reception will take place on Friday September 18, from 6-8 PM and the public is invited.
The act of painting is deeply rooted in the history of visual art, dating to its earliest forms depicting animals and symbols in caves. This innate form of communication and expression is part of the human story. In the 21st century, modes of art-making have expanded ten-fold, yet, to these artists, painting remains privileged as the highest and most beloved genre of visual art.
The exhibition, LOVE/ PAINT presents works by a cross section of established and emerging artists, with divergent styles and painting practices. Hunt Slonem, Julie Heffernan, and Stanley Boxer make exciting and innovative paintings in careers spanning decades. Yangyang Pan, Derek Buckner, Antonio Carreno, and Michele Sakhai are newer devotees to the medium. Together, they form a visual lexicon dedicated to the love of paint.
I have paint in my veins, it seems like a silly thing today to want to paint when there are so many other forms of expression. But I grew up around art, and just love to paint, I have since I was a child. --- Hunt Slonem
Hunt Slonem is widely admired for his neo-expressionist paintings of exotic birds, butterflies and bunnies. Since the 1970’s, Slonem’s unique personality, personal style and joie de vivre has been expressed in heavily impastoed, vivid canvases, painted wet-on-wet, which suspend repeated imagery in a multi-layered, lushly painted surface. The tactile quality of the surface, dynamic color combination, and loose patterning creates aesthetically rich, dazzling works.
I have always been up for a good journey and that is what painting offers me.
Julie Heffernan is revered for her allegorical self-portraits, grand landscapes, still lives and quasi-history paintings. With expert skill, Heffernan mines Old Master, Renaissance and Baroque references, to create complex, fantastical compositions that appear old fashioned, yet are deeply concerned with contemporary political, social and cultural issues. Painting offers her the means to communicate her message best.
Stanley Boxer is remembered for his densely textured abstract paintings. Studying at the Art Student’s League, in NY after WWII, Boxer was immediately drawn to painting, and stuck with it for 50 years. A modernist aesthetic pervades his canvases, characterized by an innovative use of materials, thick paint and splashes of color. His works look equally contemporary in 2015.
Yangyang Pan proves that painting has a bright future in the contemporary dialogue. Pan’s oil on canvas, Pond, is a contemporary take on Monet’s impressionist water lilies. Wildly popular in social media, Pan’s multi-cultural, joyful abstraction has been tapped for projects in China, Italy, Canada and the US this year, including a painting commission with Apple.
Derek Buckner paints contemporary landscapes and cityscapes in en plein air painting tradition. Particularly in his large 52 x 56 inch painting, Reflection Over Tree, the artist seeks to communicate emotionally his way of experiencing life.
Michelle Sakhai, the gallery’s newest artist, skillfully manipulates gold and silver leaf with oil to create scintillating canvases that sparkle with life. Influenced by extensive travels and an Iranian and Japanese heritage, the artist has an eye for the decorative, and interest in the utilization of classical materials with abstraction.
Antonio Carreno’s newest painting, Upward Motion, elegantly touches upon abstract, extragalactic Quasars, the brightest objects in outer space. Carreno’s abstractions are seductive, spatial, and powerful.
Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, located in Scarsdale, NY is a fine art gallery focusing on 20th and 21stc art. Founded in 2001, MJFA has provided an open and friendly space for clients to discuss and view fresh, new work. The gallery mounts six annual exhibitions, handles the acquisition and resale of significant works by modern and contemporary artists, builds collections, and sources art for commercial and residential projects.