Sloan Fine Art is pleased to present a two-person exhibition - paintings by Catherine Howe and Susan Siegel.
Informed by historic genres, including the Golden Age of 17th century Dutch still life painting, botanical illustrations, and American post-war abstraction, Catherine Howe’s canvases walk a tightrope between figuration and abstraction. While a glass pitcher or drooping flower may be undeniably present, recognition is exquisitely delayed while the viewer’s eye explores Howe’s sumptuous compositions, luminous paint quality and elegantly direct brushstrokes. These works, many from Howe’s Proserpina series, resurrect the spirit of eternal spring. Images come and go in a fruity, gleaming excess emerging from a velvety-red underworld. With lush materiality set against a charged atmosphere of organic form, they are at once captivating, poetic and thrillingly liquid.
Catherine Howe is a New York artist with an extensive history of exhibitions at galleries in the US and abroad including Lesley Heller Workspace, Allegra LaViola Gallery and Littlejohn Contemporary in New York, Yukiko Kawase in Paris and Thomas von Lintel in Munich. Her work has been reviewed in numerous publications such as The New York Times, Art in America, Flash Art, Bomb, The Huffington Post and Los Angeles Times. She earned her MFA from SUNY Buffalo and is on the graduate painting faculty at New York Academy of Art. Howe is currently represented by, and her work appears in this exhibition, courtesy of Von Lintel Gallery.
Susan Siegel’s intimate, delicate paintings - inspired by 18th Century masters such as Fragonard, Gainsborough and Watteau - seek to re-imagine, re-create and revive dormant stories within historical portraiture. In place of lavishly dressed men and women, Siegel inserts a cast of animal-human hybrids. Dressed in formally aristocratic clothing, these decidedly common animals stand posed in lush environments. Metaphors of power and artifice, the once un-empowered agrarian creatures command the trappings of the ruling class. They also reference our complex relationship with animals, at once romanticizing, aggrandizing and victimizing those unable to speak on their own behalf. Each of these intricate paintings is organically constructed of innumerable transparent layers punctuated by vivid color and powerful emotion, resulting in an atmospheric and poignant homage set against a historically murky Rococo backdrop.
New York based painter Susan Siegel earned an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art. She has had two and three person exhibitions at Sloan Fine Art, in New York City, and the Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art in Kingston, New York. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at Flowers Gallery, Island Weiss Gallery and RH Gallery and been featured in New American Paintings, The Huffington Post, Art-Rated and Curate NY.