The Guild of Boston Artists presents 23 new paintings by artist member Donald Jurney in a spotlight exhibition titled “Celebration of Place” to hang at its Newbury Street gallery through October 31, 2020.
From the Guild:
Combining nostalgic memory that is rooted in a sense of ephemeral familiarity alongside sensitive observation of place, Jurney’s work is an exploration of the romantic potential of landscape. His personal approach to painting is both imaginative and metaphorical, and the resulting image is a purposeful and precise reconstruction of the emotional contents of a specific time and place.
Infused with depth, mood, and investigative possibilities, his paintings are designed to re-inspire and renew the viewer’s wonder for their surroundings.
Speaking of his work, Jurney explains, “often a painting is a conversation between disparate shapes and forms – here brilliant, there disguised – in a carefully-conceived dance of light. This may be a celebration of a place, perhaps, or an investigation of an evanescent mood. For the viewer who has both the time and inclination to really look, one hopes to afford, by way of a painted surface wrought of subtleties, the opportunity to explore at leisure the wonder of the world in which we live.”
Jurney was born in Rye, New York, in 1945, and studied at Columbia University, the Pratt Institute, and the Art Students League. Donald Jurney has lived and worked in the Hudson River Valley, in England, and in the Berkshires. For a number of years, he has painted extensively in France.
A recent interest has been kindled by a trip to the West of Ireland, and he has begun exploring the coastal marshes and the estuaries of Boston’s North Shore. But wherever his travels take him, we can be sure of an invitation to come along, through his paintings, and of the chance to share his unique vision of the landscape — inspired by his unflagging enthusiasm for the remarkable world about us.
Created using masterful handling of paint and color, and a skillful combination of dry brush, impasto, and glazing techniques, Jurney’s work is singular in the way it combines the landscape traditions of the Barbizon and Hudson River Schools with influences from late 19th and early 20th century French and American Impressionism.
His work is widely collected internationally and is in the permanent collections of The Oakland Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, and the Hudson River Museum. Donald Jurney teaches classes on Boston’s North Shore and gives plein air painting workshops both in the U.S. and abroad.
For more details about “Donald Jurney: Celebration of Place,” please visit guildofbostonartists.org.
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