Contemporary art collection - Diarmuid Kelley portrait painting
"Sevastopol" by Diarmuid Kelley, on loan from the Offer Waterman Gallery

CONTEMPORARY ART > As “Beyond Description” reminds us, human perceptions can endure, captured as individual visions, and expressed through the unique discipline of painting.

On View: “Beyond Description”
Figure Ground Art Gallery
New York City & Seattle
figuregroundgallery.com
August 4 – September 30, 2022

Contemporary art collection portrait painting
“Josephine at Home” by Dean Fisher

The strategies of the artists in “Beyond Description” take many paths, including investigations of the processes of seeing and representing, exploring the materiality of the painting medium, and fragmenting and rebuilding the observed in time and space. But every painter, in his or her fashion, examines what it means to see the world today, and re-make it on canvas or panel.

Our surroundings do not stay still, and neither do we. Our understandings and even our perceptions shift with time, place and vantage point. But as “Beyond Description” reminds us, human perceptions can endure, captured as individual visions, and expressed through the unique discipline of painting. In these two exhibitions, the results ultimately speak for themselves, as varied, intense and eloquent as the artists themselves. ~John Goodrich

contemporary art collection self portrait painting
“Self Portrait” by Wilbur Niewald

“Beyond Description” presents 18 painters in dialogue with the visible world, seeking to translate felt perception into paint. For them, meaning is located in the form itself, derived and generated in the relationships between the artist, the motif, and the painting. Each painter sees the world through their own particular lens, yet all ask themselves how it is possible to bring colored mud to life, and what that might say about the world we live in, and what it means to be human. ~ Eric Elliot & Jordan Wolfson

Contemporary art collection portrait painting
“Alannah in Mori Dress” by Alix Bailey
"Still Life with Grapes" by David Baird
“Still Life with Grapes” by David Baird
"May Rhododendron" by Christina Weaver
“May Rhododendron” by Christina Weaver

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