Ok, Ladies, Now Let’s Get in “Formation”

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An incredible group of female representational painters has taken over Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York City — and it’s absolutely stunning. Who are they, and when do the doors open?

Opening January 12 at New York City’s Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, “Formation” is an amazing display of contemporary female artistic talent. Visitors to the gallery can expect to find a wide range of styles as well — from unique oil-on-copper figures by Erin Anderson (whose “Felix Looking Backward, Looking Forward” graced the cover of Fine Art Connoisseur’s November/December 2016 Issue) to the loose, painterly figures of Heidi Elbers.

“Formation” is presented in conjunction with a special issue of PoetsArtists Magazine. It is curated by Didi Menendez, publisher of PoetsArtists, who says, “‘Formation’ will showcase a distinct selection of figure paintings, ranging from stirring portraits to thought-provoking life studies. There are no prescriptive formulas for what makes a figure painting successful — it is an elusive, intangible property that somehow the best artists know how to unite into a powerful expression that draws the viewer in.”

Erin Anderson, “Practice,” 2013, oil on copper, 36 x 30 in. (c) Erin Anderson 2017
Erin Anderson, “Practice,” 2013, oil on copper, 36 x 30 in. (c) Erin Anderson 2017
Heidi Elbers, “Raven Darlings,” 2016, oil on panel, 16 x 16 in. (c) Heidi Elbers 2017
Heidi Elbers, “Raven Darlings,” 2016, oil on panel, 16 x 16 in. (c) Heidi Elbers 2017

In addition to the aforementioned, artists included in the group show are Erica Elan Ciganek, Michelle Doll, Shana Levenson, Sylvia Maier, Jenny Morgan, Sarah Muirhead, Omalix, Lee Price, Nadine Robbins, and Victoria Selbach. With a lineup with this, how can you possibly pass up any opportunity to catch a viewing?

Omalix, “The Headdress,” oil on linen, 24 x 24 in. (c) Omalix 2017
Omalix, “The Headdress,” oil on linen, 24 x 24 in. (c) Omalix 2017

Continuing, Menendez says, “These artists’ distinctive styles of capturing the human figure offer a wonderful anthology illustrating tangible and intangible aspects of life — some solemn, poignant, or introspective, others joyful, beguiling, or confrontational.”

“Formation” opens on January 12 and will be on view through February 25. To learn more, visit PoetsArtists or Bernarducci Meisel Gallery.

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Andrew Webster
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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