Clark Gallery is honored to celebrate the works of Jane Smaldone: New Paintings; and Tabitha Vevers: The Art Of Survival in companion solo shows thru October 30.
Smaldone's magical paintings combine her long-standing interest in still life, portraiture, and landscape, interweaving the genres into a highly personal style. Inspired by art historical traditions as diverse and far-reaching as Chinese landscape painting, the Italian Renaissance, Mexican retablos and miracle paintings, French Surrealism, Early American portraiture, and folk art, Jane fuses her historical references into potent contemporary hybrids. Birds, butterflies and foxes inhabiting worlds of fantastic flowers, auspicious trees and rounded mountains become compositions of highly poetic, symbolic and magical narratives.
Smaldone's work is included in many private, corporate and public collections internationally, including the Peabody Essex Museum, Wellington Management, and the Danforth Museum. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo shows in the United States and Canada.
Tabitha’s Vever’s mysterious works are elegantly poised as iconic contemporary allegories. Her jewel-like paintings, executed on ivorine and mylar, are comprised of imagery that can be equal parts: breathtakingly beautiful or frighteningly horrible; provocative yet thoughtful; and often sexually charged. The gold leaf, exquisite color, and meticulously rendered anthropomorphic figures and creatures occupying her tableaus become objects of fascination, while her spectacular landscapes hover between visions of the sublime and the apocalyptic. With each new series, Tabitha’s work is laced with references to illuminated manuscripts, Mexican Ex-Votos, Pre-Renaissance Italian paintings, Folklore and Scrimshaw that lend an historic voice to the complex social, environmental and political issues of our time.
Vevers work has been featured in exhibitions at Yale University, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, and in galleries in New York, Philadelphia, California, Germany, and Ireland. A graduate of Yale University and student at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Tabitha has received several grants that assist artists in mid-career including George & Helen Segal Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.