Michael Albrechtsen,
Michael Albrechtsen, "Renewal," oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in.

The biennial show of the American Tonalist Society opens in New York on April 28, 2023, featuring 67 paintings of 30 top North American artists working in the Tonalist style.

The opening weekend will also feature demos by Ken Salaz and Dennis Sheehan as well as a presentation by Adrienne Bell, the foremost authority on the work of George Inness. For more information about the show and events, visit the ATS website: americantonalistsociety.com.

Charlie Hunter*, "The Lord Is In This Place, How Dreadful Is This Place (Federal Hill Firetower)," oil on canvas, 20 x 20 in.
Charlie Hunter*, “The Lord Is In This Place, How Dreadful Is This Place (Federal Hill Firetower),” oil on canvas, 20 x 20 in.

From the American Tonalist Society:

In the tradition of Tonalist masters, Harrison, Inness, Kahn, and Whistler, this year’s exceptional collection of tonalist paintings explores a variety of subjects and emotions to present a modern-day interpretation of our world.

The artists, using skillful paint application, color, tone, and technical excellence, evoke mood and mystery in both styles of Aesthetic Tonalism and Expressive Tonalism. Our curators have chosen over 60 artworks to represent the best of American Tonalism today. We hope you enjoy this years’ biennial show Shades of Gray II.

John MacDonald*, "Berkshire Dusk," oil on panel, 12 x 16 in.
John MacDonald*, “Berkshire Dusk,” oil on panel, 12 x 16 in.
Jennifer Moses, "Moonrise Celebration," oil on linen, 24 x 26 in.
Jennifer Moses, “Moonrise Celebration,” oil on linen, 24 x 26 in.

The American Tonalist Society is an organization that promotes the art Movement called Tonalism and tonalist artworks by our member artists. Our mission is to recognize, promote and showcase the current tonalist movement, and to continue the tradition of the American Tonalists of the 1800s through workshops, exhibitions and catalogues.

The tonalist movement illustrates the departure from emphasis on color, strong contrasts, bravura brushwork, high chroma, and detail. Instead, it focuses on emotion, spirituality, feeling and mood, encompassing luscious, luminous, and evanescent atmospheric effects featuring foggy mornings, evocative moonlit nights with a minimal palette of neutral hues. Like visual poetry, tonalist paintings have a quiet statement of contemplation, mystery, and intrigue.

*This artist is part of the PaintTube.tv series of art video workshops on how to paint. Includes many more artists featured in the Shades of Gray II exhibition, such as Ken Salaz, Eric Koeppel, Mary Garrish, and Thomas Kegler.


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