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The Walter Wickiser Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition of Ralph L. Wickiser, The Compassion Series Paintings 1957- 1965, from March 31st – April 25th, 2018.

Press Release

Ralph Wickiser’s abstract paintings from the 1950s are exemplary of that period of modernist American art; yet they also look astonishingly fresh. His great love of both materials and the act of painting is evident in the meticulously considered treatment of his surfaces, in their textures, in the balance, range and subtle modulation of colors — the elegant blues, reds shading to rose, greens, …

Ralph Wickiser’s abstract paintings from the 1950s are exemplary of that period of modernist American art; yet they also look astonishingly fresh. His great love of both materials and the act of painting is evident in the meticulously considered treatment of his surfaces, in their textures, in the balance, range and subtle modulation of colors — the elegant blues, reds shading to rose, greens, yellows, the orange burnished gold — and in many layers of glazes that give his colors their intensity and resonance, their depths. His handling of the paint alternates between thin, translucent …