Drawn to Beauty at Larchmont Gallery

01 Mar, 2012

By Polly Kreisman

ALLEGRO by Margaret Neill


 


Saturday evening, March 3-  Kenise Barnes Fine Art Gallery holds a public reception 6:30-8:30pm this Saturday.


for “Drawn to Beauty,” an exhibition of contemporary drawing. These are works by Francine Fox, Michiyo Ihara, Margaret Neill and Christian Nguyen and will remain on display through April 7, 2012.


The gallery writes,


Francine Fox works in diverse mediums including oil, watercolor, gouache, graphite and ink to produce striking and unsettling works of great beauty and psychological complexity.  Her work is influenced by artists such as Christian Schad, Lucien Freud, Walton Ford, Inka Essenhigh and Ian Ingram.  Fox incorporates art historical references, organically composed diagrams and personal and cultural vocabularies into her drawings, resulting in images which may have numerous answers to the visual questions she raises.  Francine Fox received her BFA at the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, Pa and her MFA from The University of Delaware, Newark, DE.


Michiyo Ihara received her formal art training at the Saga Art College, Kyoto, Japan and B-Zemi Schooling System, Yokohama, Japan.  Ihara employs graphite and paper to hand-draw images of great delicacy and detail.  Her images of snowflakes, each as unique and intricate as snowflakes themselves, invite the viewer into a world of imagination and fantasy.  Ihara’s focus and patience rewards us with intimate and contemplative pieces.  Ihara currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


Margaret Neill was born in Ohio and attended Hiram College where she was artist in residence.  After moving to Brooklyn, NY Neill completed her MFA at Brooklyn College.  Neill’s abstract works refer to nature and the urban environment, and relate to the typography of signs, molecular structures and moving weather fronts.  There is a sinuous sensuality that Neill creates as her work flows across the picture plane.  Neill’s work is included in many public and private collections including Colby College Museum of art, The New York Public Library, The New School University and Pfizer.


Christian Nguyen draws on layers of epoxy resin, sanded and poured directly on top of each other.  In this way, the transparent surfaces work with, and influence each other as they interact and contrast.  Nguyen uses the subject of architecture to create a physical and conceptual image of space and dimension.  Nguyen received his BFA in photography at The Cooper Union, New York, and his MFA in multi-media at Hunter College, New York, NY.


 


Kenise Barnes Fine Art  1955 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538  914 834 8077
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