July 26 - August 16, 2019
Opening Reception July 26, 2019 6 - 8 pm
Please enjoy a preview of our next exhibition.
We are thrilled to be exhibiting the versatile and interesting work of artist Jim Byrne. This show consists of two series of paintings: new abstract paintings focusing on structures and forms created through shape and color, and paintings of figures on the beach inspired by the activities of people at the local beach near his house. A prolific and well trained artist, Jim experiments with many aspects of the human condition: isolated figures in spare landscapes or in his own words, “figures interacting with one another or their environment in the paintings which are intended to act as metaphors”.
The beach paintings started from the desire to make work from the direct observation of life and to use things in the immediate surroundings as the source of his subject matter. For years he had painted the figure as a means of exploring the psychology of human relationships but had done it through inventing and constructing images from his imagination or memory. Sometimes he had focused on close relationships with family and friends. For the work which is currently hanging in the gallery he decided to use what he saw and found so beautiful during the summer on walks to the beach as a means of inspiring new ideas and reflecting more deeply on this particular cultural moment. With the assistance of digital photography these paintings are based on scenes of people of various ages and backgrounds interacting on the beach down the street from where he lives. Filled with life and activity, this setting provides endless drama and beauty as the setting sun’s light lands on the great diversity of human forms set against the backdrop of the deep space and neutral tones of the Great South Bay.
Jim Byrne received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana and his Master of Fine Art degree in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Early in Jim’s career he was an active participant in many exhibitions throughout the country presenting 14 solo exhibitions and participating in over 40 group exhibitions in museums and galleries. Jim’s work has been reviewed in Art in America magazine, ArtPapers, The New York Times, and the Atlanta Constitution and Journal. He has received the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Fellowship from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Creative Activities.