Fine Art Exhibitions > “Hudson River Landscapes” by Richard Orient is on view at George Billis Gallery (New York) through January 19, 2019.
“My new paintings are observations of the Hudson River and its environs,” Orient says. “I travel by train back and forth from New York City to Poughkeepsie through the Hudson River Valley. As the train travels along the banks of the Hudson River, I observe the varied terrain of the river landscape.
“I have grown familiar with the geography of the river as it flows through valleys with lush riverbanks and through mountains and deep woods. The new paintings are about what I see from the window of the train as it speeds along the riverbank. I’m interested in portraying the passing landscape and painting a glimpse of what I’ve seen.
“These new river paintings are more abstract than my previous landscape paintings and I think more intimate in their impressionistic style. There’s a quality of motion in my depiction of the river as I watch it pass by at a fast speed — light and reflections are fleeting and the terrain is ever changing.
“Working from memory and photos, and on a smaller scale than before, I paint an impression of what I observed, in oil paint applied with a rubber spatula in a dragging method that smears the paint in an impressionistic evocation of both the speed and movement in train travel and the still presence of the river scene.”
Additional Landscape Paintings by Richard Orient:
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