We are pleased to announce Parts of the Whole, an exhibition of work by Sam Cady.
Sam Cady is an American realist painter who warps and reshapes this traditional style with careful composition and unconventionally built canvases. Unbound by typical canvas ratios, Cady's edges jut out at irregular angles, at times forming clear geometric shapes such as trapezoids and rectangular slivers, and at times following the structural lines of the painting's subject matter. The effect gives the viewer a unique window to view Cady's world through. The sharp corners and dramatic slants generate an exaggerated sense of perspective that gives the viewer a distinct, immersive point of view.
Cady paints both natural and manmade structures, and often the intersection of both. The lines of boats and cranes are set against clear skies, rippling seas, and dense forest. At the core of Cady's work is the study and celebration of the everyday world at large--objects, structures, and places from his life. Parts of the Whole is a collection of moments captured by the artist in the tight framing of his shaped canvases. There is a sense of reflection in the compositions he chooses; each piece communicates the pause experienced by the artist as he encountered a combination of line, shape, light, and color which he found compelling. Cady conveys these impressions unmitigated by the translation from third to second dimension--he teases and stretches the boundaries in order to fully contain the emotional weight of his discovery.
Sam Cady is a Maine-based painter whose body of work encompasses decades. He has exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, most recently in the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, ME, and the McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. His work is included in numerous museum and corporate collections, including the Addison Gallery of American Art and the Portland Museum of Art.