Stan Brodsky’s new exhibition of paintings now at the June Kelly Gallery, entitled The Impact of Color, brings together Abstract Expressionist works recalling the sun-drenched villages and flourishing gardens he saw during a recent visit to Brittany – with bold, sensual use of color and composition, combined with the sprightly spontaneous figuration that decorates his canvases.
The exhibition will remain on view through December 30.
“Flower-filled landscapes and old villages that were internalized by my senses were inspiration for these paintings,” Brodsky says, “which possess a greater intensification of color and gesture, as well as a richer and more expressive handling of paint.”
Art writer Phyllis Braff says in the exhibition essay that “Stan Brodsky turned to the philosophy and language of abstraction at an evolutionary phase in his painting career, and he has since been pushing toward new definitions through his consideration of color, movement and mood.”
“He often introduces energy through short ribbons of oil pigment that seem to be dancing over the canvas surface,” Braff writes. “Some marks are multi-toned, some interlock, and all pulse with immediacy. Their looseness and separation increases a viewer’s sense of perceptual edginess.”
Brodsky says that while these paintings were inspired by his visit to Brittany, they “reflect more essentially an inner necessity that caused me to reinvent and transform nature in the act of painting in the studio.
“In that process, my strong feelings for the sensuality of the paint surface asserted itself by energetic application of gestural movements, heightened color relationships and greater freedom of painterly expression.”
Brodsky, a Brooklyn native, lives and works in Huntington, New York. He
received an MFA in painting from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in education
from Columbia University. He is a recipient of many awards and fellowships and is a
professor emeritus of art and former director of studio programs at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.
Brodsky paintings have been shown in numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States, including two major retrospectives -- the Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, New York, in 2008 and the Heckscher Museum in Huntington in 1991. His work is represented in many public and corporate collections, including the Heckscher Museum, The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton; Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; Long Island University, Brookville; Delaware University and AT&T.