GROUP SHOW, "CONTEMPORARY REALISM": MARCH 15 - APRIL 2, 2014 in Toronto

"The Immoralist" by Roberto Rosenman

The Loch Gallery is pleased to show a selection of paintings by a unique group of our contemporary artists. Featuring works by DP Brown, Tony Luciani, David Ward, John Hansen, John Hall, and a grouping of new oils by Roberto Rosenman, this exhibition shows the pluralism and magic of realism today.

DP Brown is one of Canada's foremost painters working in the egg tempera medium. The subject matter in his works range from portraiture and landscape to architecture, often featuring European imagery. This exacting medium restricts Brown to a small number of works per year. Thus, each piece is a testament to his remarkably distinctive style and focus as an artist. While Brown's work cannot be easily grouped by subject, there are themes and ideas to which he returns again and again. He is masterful in exploring the inhabited landscape. Acutely aware of the passage of time and its inevitable cycle of endings, Brown reveals the vulnerability and truth of the nude figure in works like "A Private Moment".

John Hansen is another respected figurative painter whose theoretically-grounded method expresses his reflections on life. Initially working from the imagination, Hansen finds his direction and then gathers reference materials by using a camera to record the figure. More recently, Hansen's compositions are of single figures in their home environments, caught in the moment between reflection and action.

Tony Luciani's work can be defined as interpretive realism. Rather than painting a photorealistic likeness, Luciani paints the feeling he gets from a mental visualization of a subject. After its showing at the Art Gallery of Calgary, Tony Luciani's "Madonna and Mannequin" will be exhibited in Loch Gallery Toronto. This painting was selected as a finalist in the Kingston Portrait Prize 2013, Canada's foremost portrait competition.

The Loch Gallery show will also feature W. David Ward's acrylic painting "Cashtal yn Ard", a work inspired by the artist's fond memories of the Isle of Man. One of the most impressive ancient monuments on the Isle of Man, Cashtal yn Ard (Castle of the Heights) is the largest Neolithic tomb in the British Isles. Ward's painted dedication to the ancient site is both tranquil and dramatic with its contrast of light and shadow. The artist captures a rare instance when the sun makes its appearance. "Cashtal yn Ard" is featured in the artist's recently published book, Time Enough. A collection of tales both traditional and contemporary,  this truly unique novel enlightens readers with the nature of the Island, where old beliefs and new ideas coexist.

John Hall's hyperreal paintings are "...concerned with seeing the world as it is, that is non-escapist, non-idealist and non-elitist, that sees as its goal the clear communication of the artist's perception of his environment". Likened to an urban archaeologist, these still life works mine the rich complexity of contemporary urban life.

Already acclaimed as an exceptional figure painter, Roberto Rosenman presents us with something new in this group exhibition. We are delighted to introduce 7 new still life paintings on panel by this remarkable high realist. These exquisite renderings of simple objects are stripped of personal or emotional association. Always incorporating strong symbolism and narrative in his work, he overloads the insignificant with significance. Therein lies the magical and metaphysical qualities of Rosenman's everyday objects.

Selected artwork: 
Madonna and Mannequin by Tony Luciani
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Tony Luciani - Madonna and Mannequin
Oil on Canvas
40 x 32 in
Available
Mercure Hotel by Tony Luciani
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Tony Luciani - Mercure Hotel
Oil on Canvas
34 x 36 in
Available
Island by DP Brown
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DP Brown - Island
Tempera
12.25 x 27 in
Available
Young Woman at Dresser by John Hansen
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John Hansen - Young Woman at Dresser
Oil on Panel
24 x 24 in
Sold
Bracelet on Shelf by John Hansen
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John Hansen - Bracelet on Shelf
Oil
11 x 14 in
Available
China Beetle by Roberto Rosenman
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Roberto Rosenman - China Beetle
Oil on Panel
9 x 12 in
Sold
The Immoralist  by Roberto Rosenman
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Roberto Rosenman - The Immoralist
Oil on Panel
16 x 20 in
Sold
Trompe l'oeil by Roberto Rosenman
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Roberto Rosenman - Trompe l'oeil
Oil on Panel
14 x 11 in
Sold
The Birds by Roberto Rosenman
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Roberto Rosenman - The Birds
Oil on Panel
11 x 14 in
Sold
Found Objects #3 by Roberto Rosenman
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Roberto Rosenman - Found Objects #3
Oil on Panel
11 x 14 in
Sold
Portrait Study by Roberto Rosenman
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Roberto Rosenman - Portrait Study
Oil on Panel
12 x 9 in
Sold
Blue Scarf by Roberto Rosenman
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Roberto Rosenman - Blue Scarf
Oil on Panel
16 x 16 in
Sold
I Love a grey Day IV by Jane Smaldone
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Jane Smaldone - I Love a grey Day IV
Oil on Canvas
25 x 22 in
Sold
Aya in the Morning by John B. Boyle
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John B. Boyle - Aya in the Morning
Acrylic on Canvas
40 x 40 in
Sold
Whirlpool Galaxy by John B. Boyle
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John B. Boyle - Whirlpool Galaxy
Oil on Canvas
48 x 60 in
Available
SLAM! by John  Hall
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John Hall - SLAM!
Acrylic
16 x 20 in
Sold
BAM! by John  Hall
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John Hall - BAM!
Acrylic
16 x 20 in
Sold
Yeow by John  Hall
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John Hall - Yeow
Acrylic
18 x 24 in
Sold
Date(s): 
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 10:00am - Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 1:49pm
Location(s): 
Loch Gallery, Toronto

 

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