from the East"
October 29 - December 3, 2005
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 29th, from 7 to 10pm
Curated by Katherine Chapin & Alix Sloan. Featuring works
by Amy Bennett, Juliette Borda, John Bowman, Melissa Brown, Peter
Drake, Elliott Green, Julie Heffernan, Pahl Hluchan, Catherine Howe, David
Humphrey, Kate Javens, Judith Schaechter & Thomas Woodruff.
As with any group show, there are countless directions a curator can go
and countless fantastic artists one can choose to include. “Visitors
from the East” is not intended to be an exhibition of everything
that is happening in and around New York today. It is a small sampling
of works by a selection of specifically representational artists who share
a high level of skill, an interest in the human experience, and a taste
for the off-center.
There has been much talk over the past several years of the return to
painting and to representational, narrative and figurative work. But in
truth there are many talented, exciting, and successful artists who never
shied away from these ideas to begin with. While the artists we’ve
selected for this show might take an interest in high-concept, abstract,
and digital work, might have studied and even explored these areas themselves,
at heart they are interested in taking hand to paper, canvas, and board.
Each artist in “Visitors from the East” also exhibits a passion
for skill and craftsmanship and continues to develop in these areas over
time. This commitment to facility allows them the freedom to create as
they choose, and to express their concepts, ideas, and feelings without
constraints. With this high level of ability, they can successfully produce
powerful works that run the gamut from the seemingly spontaneous to the
Taking on the conventions of representational art - interiors, still life,
narratives, animals, landscapes, and portraiture - the “Visitors
from the East” artists infuse their paintings with inspirations
from the world of dreams, the supernatural, memory, and pure imagination.
Even the most serious topics, such as politics, religion, alienation,
identity, and our environment, are addressed with a wonderfully human
sensibility. These artists aren’t afraid of the ironic, fantastic
or morose. They embrace the full spectrum of human emotions, and create
works that not only make you think, they make you feel.
Well known for his long-standing interest in and support of emerging artists,
as well as those outside the mainstream, Billy Shire has been exhibiting,
collecting, and championing high quality representational works with an
edge for over two decades. It is with great pleasure that we have brought
this group of artists together at Billy Shire Fine Arts.
Katherine Chapin and Alix Sloan