Daniel Bilodeau, “Consumed,” encaustic and oil on panel, (c) Paul Booth Gallery 2017

There’s a current movement in the contemporary art world that seeks to use realist art to probe our deepest psychological traits, with the latest display hanging on the walls of this New York City gallery.

Featuring 11 talented representational painters, Paul Booth Gallery in New York City is proud to be hosting “Psychological Realism,” a group exhibition that showcases the use of traditional techniques with contemporary concepts.

Sergio Barrale, “When Sleeping Things Wake,” (c) Paul Booth Gallery 2017
Sergio Barrale, “When Sleeping Things Wake,” (c) Paul Booth Gallery 2017

Investigating the complexity of identity, “Psychological Realism” features a number of figurative works that focus on the artist’s interior motives and creative perspective by “offering a glimpse into the mental narrative of the figures portrayed in the art, rather than painting the entire story,” the gallery reports. “The exhibition highlights the figure through different styles of art, as a means of representing the depth and diversity of individuals and their personality. The choice of medium by each artist is as personal as the subject matter, as it is an extension of themselves and functions as the manifestation of their soul for all to see. Despite the differing aesthetics and preferred media, this selection of artists speak the same cutting edge visual language. Their paintings, installations and collages transcend genres and encompass photoreal, surreal and abstract to portray an identity that is visceral, innately familiar and deeply compelling.”

Maria Kreyn, “Obscure Object,” (c) Paul Booth Gallery 2017
Maria Kreyn, “Obscure Object,” (c) Paul Booth Gallery 2017

Featured artists include Sergio Barrale, Daniel Bilodeau, Rune Christensen, Jesse Draxler, Erik Hones, Maria Kreyn, Adam Miller, Jean-Paul Mallozzi, David McLeod, Henrik Uldalen, and Jonathan Viner.

“Psychological Realism” opened on January 21 and will run through February 18. To learn more, visit Paul Booth Gallery.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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