Warner Friedman: Paintings
Gordon Lee: Paintings
Clark Gallery is honored to present new paintings by Warner Friedman, and, in association with Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, introduce the work of Gordon Lee to our Northeast audience, with his first solo exhibition in New England. Both artists exhibit virtuoso craftsmanship and the ability to create stunning illusions. All are welcome to join the artists for a reception on Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 4-6 pm.
Warner Friedman’s pristinely painted compositions are both physically and visually engaging. Using meticulously rendered architectural structures to frame his striking vistas of crisp New England landscapes, the artist directs the viewer’s gaze through windows, doorways, railings and a portico. Each painting stunningly transcends the inherent two-dimensionality of stretched canvas. The resulting trompe l’oeil effect is enhanced by shadows created by light streaming in from the outdoors as well as the angular shapes of many of his canvases. An underlying love of wood and mathematical precision belies his background as an engineer and is clearly visible in works such as Water Water where even the bolts/nail heads joining the wood segments of the fence are painstakingly accurate.
Warner Friedman is the recipient of numerous awards including: the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship, the Pollock-Krasner Foundations Grant, and the Richard Florsheim Art Fund Grant. His paintings are represented in the collections of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum, Albright College Museum of Art, and numerous private and corporate collections.
Gordon Lee brings an unflinching eye and technical virtuosity to his paintings of everyday objects and Chinese cultural icons. Focusing on simple mechanical objects such as cameras, typewriters or a water fountain, Lee painstakingly reveals the myriad components of such mundane objects. His unwavering frontal approach aligns each object with the background revealing his skill and delight at replicating a variety of surfaces such as glistening tile, metallic keys, and chrome. There are several works referencing his Chinese roots such as Portrait of a Cloistered Mao and Nirvana High. The former features a larger than life image of Mao, warts and all, blown up from a 10 Yuan taped to the painting’s surface. The painting replicates the engraved version found on the paper currency in a bold combination of greens and blues. Nirvana High plays on the jarring juxtaposition of a psychedelic backdrop with the peaceful image associated with the Buddha sitting atop a toothpick dispenser.
Gordon Lee was born in the British colony of Hong Kong. He attended college in Canada and then received a Master’s Degree in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, Michigan. Before returning to Hong Kong in 1982, he taught at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. While in Hong Kong, Lee taught at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He later moved back to the United States and resumed teaching at CCAD. His work has been shown in Asia, Europe and North America.