Haynes Galleries presents “The Real World:
Real People & Real Stories, Real Places & Real Things”
March 1 to May 27, 2017

FRANKLIN— In our first event back in our original Franklin location, Haynes Galleries presents “The Real World: Real People & Real Stories, Real Places & Real Things.” This exciting exhibition will feature a collection of compelling portraits, luminous landscapes, and exquisite still lifes of Haynes favorites. Included in the show will be works by traditional, historic artists as well as modern & contemporary realists. “The Real World” opens March 1 in Franklin, Tennessee and continues until May 27. In Franklin Haynes is by appointment only so guests should call or email for a convenient time to see this special collection of realism that ranges from impressionistic & modernistic.

This real world of art is diverse, thriving, and based on everyday reality. From unadorned portraits in earthy tones that reflect a person’s soul to emotion-rich still lifes assembled with souvenirs from a lifetime of travel, “The Real World” covers a wide range but each artwork strives to connect viewers with personal experiences. That’s the thread that they all have in common. All seek to tell a story or evoke emotion based on real experiences while also pushing the technical skills to new levels. 

Through the eyes and hands of the these talented artists in “The Real World” the unexpected is revealed and a light is shined on the often overlooked. Workhorses nibbling in a field is a scene grandeur and the tiny architectural details of historic building become dramatic. Even the clutter of a construction site in Zoey Frank’s Construction 1 compels the viewer to consider what kind of environment can be visually stimulating. 

The still lifes in “The Real World” will make guests reconsider the objects they use nearly daily and the stories they represent. The shiny medal ladle from the kitchen reflects and distorts the light and patterns around it. The old coat on a hanger, waiting to be worn again, tell us about its owner, and the piece of uneaten fruit forgotten on a doorstep makes us wonder about what caused it to be abandoned. 

Expressive portraits and dynamic figure paintings capturing moments in the life of ordinary people have been a pillar of realist art for centuries and that continues in “The Real World.” Andrea Smith’s unassuming portrait of a woman is visually reminiscent of a Roman fresco but her modern clothing and serious expression snaps the viewer back to today. In Marc Dalessio’s painting, a saxophonist playing for tips in Central Park with no audience invokes the beauty of the music but also the solitude of the task becomes its own reward.

The real world is often an overbearing place but “The Real World” at Haynes in Franklin will be one that takes a careful look at the authentic and often ignored. This show will be one of unexpected beauty and truth, and an excellent homecoming for the gallery’s first show back in its original location.