Artist Reviews

Scott Fraser

Scott Fraser is a still-life painter of remarkable technical prowess. But, as a November exhibition of new work at J. Cacciola Gallery in New York City demonstrated, he can also be a visual comedian. Study in White seems to exist for the pure pleasure of arranging shapes and surfaces in aesthetically pleasing ways. Curved cups with... More »

Richard Hambleton

Richard Hambleton (b. 1954) made his reputation in the late 1970s with a series of edgy public art projects, including the ominous neo-noir Shadow Men, life-size silhouettes painted first on city street corners and then on paper and canvas. In the 1980s he was closely allied with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. But at... More »

Steven Assael

Drawing in perhaps the most intimate of artistic practices. That intimacy can take a variety of forms: the rough sketch that records the initial visual thinking behind a composition, the close analysis of details of drapery or gestures, the polished exploration of line that becomes an end in itself. New York City artist Steven Assael (b... More »

Bo Bartlett

Bo Bartlett (b. 1955) is a successful contemporary realist, often compared to such all-American no-nonsense painters as Edward Hopper, Thomas Eakins and Andew Wyeth. Wyeth, in fact, is a mentor and collector of Bartlett’s work. But Bartlett has an idiosyncratic wit all his own, on display in an early summer show of recent paintings at... More »

Kathi Coyle

In late spring the Newington-Cropsey Foundation Gallery in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, presented a selection of landscapes and figure paintings by Kathi Coyle. Coyle works slowly, building up thin layers of oil paint over time. She emphasizes the duration of the process in achieving the results she wants: “Unlike a photograph, which... More »

Sandra Dawson

Sandra Dawson’s mixed-media paintings, which were on view this summer at Byron Roche Gallery in Chicago, are about layering. She builds up her surfaces from very thin layers of sheet rock on panel, covered by skins of acrylic and oil paint, then etches with pencil. Sometimes she scrapes the surface for a weathered look or adds glitter,... More »

Rackstraw Downes, Lois Dodd, Charles Jarboe

“Real Time—Focus: Redefining the Painted Landscape,” a summer group exhibition at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York City, acknowledged the contemporary influence of urban space. While we often associate the landscape genre with the rural and sublime scenery popularized by Constable, Turner and the Hudson River School in the... More »

Derrick Guild

Derrick Guild, born in Perth, Scotland in 1963, works in the ongoing tradition of the kitchen still life, a genre practiced brilliantly by the Frenchman Chardin and seventeenth-century Dutch and Spanish painters. Guild’s riveting small-scale oils were on view this spring at Allan Stone Gallery in New York City. Velázquez, Zurbáran and... More »

Katherine Doyle

Recent exhibitions of feminist art have been more notable for their political concerns than their aesthetic quality. The art establishment’s historical biases are a legitimate field of inquiry, and content may distinguish the male gaze from the female gaze, but formal aesthetic qualities are universal, even genderless, in their appeal.... More »

Claude Lorrain

It is hard to overestimate the historical importance of Claude Lorrain (1604/05–82), whose landscape compositions were a model for the genre for nearly two centuries. Born in a French village, Claude traveled to Italy as a teenager and had established a home in Rome, near the Piazza di Spagna, by 1627. His genius lay in adjusting the... More »