SUMMER 2020 / NEW WORKS: David Kimball Anderson, Hunt Slonem, Joy Brown, Eugene Healy, & Catherine Howe

8 July - 1 August 2020
  • Happy Summer!

    MJFA is delighted to present a selection of new works from 5 of our favorite gallery artists. Featuring David Kimball Anderson’s still-life botanical bronze and steel sculptures, Hunt Slonem’s  iconic rabbit and butterfly paintings, Joy Brown’s charming Japanese inspired sculptural figures, Eugene Healy’s serene seascape collages, and Catherine Howe's Seclusion Series Monotypes inspired by her Covid-19 garden in the Hudson Valley. These recent works highlight our commitment to supporting our artists' individual art practices and offering fresh, satisfying and collectible contemporary art to our audience.  ENJOY!

      

    These works are available for in-person viewing at the gallery or via FaceTime.  

    Gallery hours: Thur. - Sat. / 12-5 pm and by appointment.
     
  • DAVID KIMBALL ANDERSON

     

    Throughout his forty-five year career, DAVID KIMBALL ANDERSON's sculpture has been described as “a contemplation on the meaning of things that give beauty and pleasure.”  Anderson’s life-sized, three-dimensional floral sculptures are cast in steel and bronze.  These still-life constructions, minimalistic in style, reinforce Anderson’s life-long pursuit of merging a spiritual practice with nature-based art.


    Anderson's subject matter is seasonal and non-hierarchal...and reflects his belief in the inherent beauty in all things...precious and mundane.  This is reflected in the newest pieces..."Yarrow", a common weed in summer, and "Seeds", a response to the life cycle of plants.   


    David Kimball Anderson has received a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant, three NEA Arts Fellowships, and a California State University Research Grant.  His work is in the collections of: Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, National Endowment for the Arts, the World Bank, Art in Embassies, Washington, DC, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM, Albuquerque Museum and the City of Albuquerque, NM.  From 1967-1971, he attended the San Francisco Art Institute

     

  • HUNT SLONEM

     

    Considered one of the great colorists of his time, HUNT SLONEM’s neo-expressionist paintings feature an exuberant and bold, fauvist palette to emphasize his beloved menagerie of animals.  Through the application of lavish, lush colors, Slonem’s painterly style continues to be fresh and innovative bordering on Pop Art aesthetics.  Depicting his signature motifs of repeating whimsical animal imagery, the artist’s devotion to nature and its inhabitants are apparent.

     

    Slonem’s paintings incorporate the use of unconventional materials such as diamond dust and resin. The juxtaposition of Slonem's contemporary paintings with a hand-picked, old world, antique frame is evidence of the artist’s love of 18th/19th c. art and furniture.

     

    Born in Kittery, Maine in 1951, Hunt Slonem attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, where he was exposed to influential artists from the New York area including Alex Katz, Alice Neel, Richard Estes, Jack Levine, Louise Nevelson and Al Held.  This exposure played a pivotal role in Slonem’s artistic career, as it aided in his decision to move to New York in 1973.  Since 1977, Slonem has had over 250 solo exhibitions at prestigious galleries.  Museums, both domestic and international, have collected his work, among them Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Whitney Musuem of Art, the Miro Foundation, and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

  • Tour Hunt Slonem's studio during quarantine

  • A detailed look at Hunt Slonem's painting, TANZANITE.

  • JOY BROWN

     

    New to the gallery is Connecticut artist, JOY BROWN.  Influenced by Japanese aesthetics.  Brown creates child-like, anthropomorphous figurative sculptures in clay and bronze.  The figures vary in pose… at times standing, sitting, or in a relaxed repose and their rounded and simplified faces depict a small straight nose with oval cut outs for the eyes and mouth.  Despite the absence of embellishment, the facial features of her characters are quite expressive.  States Brown "it's like capturing little spirits, and each one is different.”  Although the figures physiques appear rudimentary in their appearance, consisting of a torso with arms, hands, and legs with oversized feet, the simplicity of the forms and the earth-toned patina, created through traditional Japanese methods, evoke a feeling of stillness and peace.

     

    Born in the United States, Joy Brown was reared in Japan.  After returning to the United States to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Eckerd College in Florida, Ms. Brown moved back to Japan and studied as an apprentice for four years with the family of Ichino Toshio, a 13th generation potter in Tamba.  In 1998, she co-founded Still Mountain Center, a nonprofit arts organization that fosters East-West artistic exchange.  Since 2009, the artist has been building a series of monumental bronze works in collaboration with Purple Roof Gallery and Atelier in Shanghai, China.  Currently living in CT, in 2003, Joy received the Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen Memorial Outstanding Women of Connecticut Award.  Ms. Brown has exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, and Asia and her figures and three-dimensional wall installations are represented in prominent private and public collections, including parks, sculpture gardens, and urban public spaces around the world.

  • EUGENE HEALY

     

    American artist, EUGENE HEALY is an abstract artist principally recognized for his color drenched, collage-paintings of shore scenes of the Eastern United States, especially the beach towns of Connecticut and Rhode Island, where Healy has resided for over 25 years.  Influenced by Matisse, Vermeer, Diebenkorn, Rauschenberg, Hoffman, and the Fauve painters, Eugene Healy began to collage when he was just thirteen years old.  His mediums range from oil, watercolor, encaustic, oil crayon, lacquers, colored pencil applied to fragments of canvas, boards, and paper. 

     

    Born in 1948,  Eugene Healy grew up in Brooklyn, New York.  He studied painting at the New York Institute of Technology and earned his B.F.A. in 1972.  Healy has served as Curator and Director of the National Artists' Alliance and as Exhibition Designer for the Yale Center for British Art.  Healy has exhibited his paintings continually for the past 25 years throughout New England.  Jack Welch, the legendary former CEO of General Electric, is among the most enthusiastic collectors of Healy's work.

     

  • CATHERINE HOWE

    Applied with sweeping, fluid brushstrokes, CATHERINE HOWE's monotypes have a strong, vibrant energy and a sensuous sensibility.  Referencing her personal garden located in the Hudson Valley, Howe’s floras dissolve into abstract flurries of brush marks and fields of commingled colors.  Balancing abstraction with representation, the artist’s gestural paintings are process-based while retaining an affinity with the observed subject matter.  In the context of art history, these paintings have abstract expressionist tendencies yet through her methodology and use of materials the completed work feels original and new.

     

    Howe received an MFA from SUNY Buffalo in 1983.  Howe’s paintings have been exhibited extensively in New York, and the United States, including solo exhibitions at New York Academy of Art, Winston Wächter Fine Art , VonLintel Gallery, Lesley Heller Workspace, Casey Kaplan, Liz Koury, Littlejohn Contemporary, Bill Maynes Gallery, Slein/ SchmidtKim Light.  Exhibitions abroad include Yukiko Kawase, Paris, Salama Caro Gallery, London, Johan Jonker, Amsterdam, and Thomas von Lintel.  She is currently a Professor on the Graduate Painting Faculty at the New York Academy of Art, where she leads a seminar on contemporary art.  She lives and works in Manhattan and at her farmhouse in The Hudson Valley.

  • Catherine Howe discusses her newest paintings "Monotypes in the Garden" created during Covid-19