Haynes Galleries presents
“Landscapes: Views & Variations”
March 19 to May 2, 2020

FRANKLIN— Haynes Galleries is pleased to present “The Landscape: Views & Variations,” featuring the work of dozens of renowned Contemporary Realists from around the globe. The exhibit will be on view from March 19 to May 2 at Haynes Galleries in Franklin by appointment.

This show is a tour de force, from the twilight dreams of the dramatic photographs of Philip Michelson, to Zoey Frank’s forays into the green fields of Italy and luminous light and magic of Andrew Wyeth, Carl Sublett, Peter Poskas and Stephen Scott Young to mention a few. This distinguished roster of artists shines a light on some of Haynes Galleries’ finest and most diverse work.

“Landscape painting is about light and the luminous qualities that it creates,” says gallery owner Gary R. Haynes. “It can be a portrait of a place, capturing it at a specific moment in time. We can revisit familiar places in unexpected ways, reignite our own feelings about a place, or explore entirely new ones, but it’s always the light that creates the inherent drama.”

That drama is evident in Joseph McGurl’s grand, unexpected scenes, where the landscape and sky collide to create stunning effects. In a series of paintings that feature desert, snow-capped mountains, and sailboats on the calm sea, the drama comes from the composition created by the light and the feeling of the moment.

The realistic watercolors of Hubert Shuptrine and Stephen Scott Young are so alive, they almost seem to breathe. Often likened to Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth because their sense of dramatic design along with painstaking application through layers, their watercolors glow with an sense of the realness. They are, in a word, magical.

Light is always the star of Peter Poskas’ paintings, but place is equally important. In Poskas’ hands, a simple white farmhouse becomes an icon of a fading way of life. A clutch of tiger lilies punctuates the landscape, showing Maine’s untamed beauty. A white clapboard house becomes a study in solitude. There is poetry in his brushstrokes and in every painting.

Contemporary master Burton Silverman may be best known for his portraiture, but his landscape work is equally sublime. Twilight lends an air of mystery and solitude to his quiet woods and riverbanks.

On the other end of the spectrum, Marc Dalessio’s plein air impressions of mid-coast Maine and the European countryside are exuberantly sunlit, dancing with color and contrast. There’s a sense of immediacy in his work — even in a mirror-still ocean or a tranquil of a forest.

Carl Sublett’s watercolors overflow with the bold color and quality of light that can only be found in the east coast. His kinetic, painterly brushstrokes blur the lines between Impressionism and Realism, giving his work a style all its own.

For each painter in “The Landscape: Views and Variations,” light is a muse, a point of reverence, a revelation. Each harnesses that light to create something vibrant, something dramatic. This show invites viewers to become part of the drama and the intrigue— to step into the light.