American artist John Dowd unveils an extraordinary new series titled “Florida Nocturne” at the Williams McCall Gallery South of Fifth. The exhibit will run until March 29th, 2013.
John Dowd’s “Florida Nocturne” is an exquisite series of 10 dreamlike oil-onlinen paintings of Miami’s ubiquitous one-story mid-twentieth century homes. Draped in Miami’s evocative, signature moonlight, these paintings take viewers on a voyeuristic journey to an imaged life behind the walls. Dowd’s work is a synthesis of his interest in light, place, and mood.
Dowd received a degree in architecture at Notre Dame and further advanced his studies in Rome. His work has been exhibited throughout the country with numerous works held in private, corporate and museum collections. He was awarded the Altman Prize Grand Prize for Landscape from the National Academy of Design. Dowd currently resides in Provincetown and New York City.
Ernie Bynum exhibits new works at the Williams McCall Gallery as well. The exhibit will run until April 5th.
Ernie Bynum is an example of a consummate painter-one who is extremely accomplished and skilled at his craft-creating paintings that speak from his inner self. That inner self brings to the viewer reminiscences of places he has either lived or visited throughout his lifetime, including North Carolina, New England, New York City, Saba, Netherlands Antilles and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Painting for the past 25 years, Bynum shares “Painting is a process that begins with no preconceived notions of what I will paint. My subconscious is in control and as I put my brush or palette knife to the canvas I am never sure what will appear. I have a vision of where I’d like to get to – perfection – which is never achieved, but something I continue to work and strive for.” His ability to work on a piece for extended periods of time speaks to his commitment to create paintings and not pretty pictures. His use of luminous and color with layers and layers of paint are what create the mystery, intrigue and inner life and light in his work, drawing the viewer through the picture plane into this deep mysterious essence.
He may work on a piece for a week or more, put it away and let the oil paint set and then after what could be weeks, months or even years, he will go back to the painting and continue on his process of creating yet another spectacular piece of art; sometimes abstract, sometimes abstract figurative, sometimes paintings with Roosters or Bulls, the latter two which speak to the animals which are bold but beautiful, but always with the presence of self. Bynum frequently paraphrases a statement used by well- known and highly respected artist, the late Romare Bearden when he says, “painting is like a fish swimming upstream against the current.” He is always working harder to create that special feel and appeal that invites the viewer’s attention.
Susan Rand Brown, author, college professor and journalist, wrote in 2011 that Bynum’s work, “…captures the essence of the artist’s emotional response to that shimmering first light: we see a faint moon high in the sky, its shadowy reflection visible in the lake. In between is the mystery of the veiled middle and the way the canvas seems to breathe in and out.”
His work has been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Provincetown, MA, New York City, South Beach, FL, Arroyo Seco, NM, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Saba, Netherlands Antilles. His paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the USA, the Caribbean, Europe and Australia.
ABOUT THE WILLIAMS MCCALL GALLERY
The Williams McCall Gallery is the first fine art gallery located in the trendy South of Fifth neighborhood and has become a “must visit” destination for art lovers and collectors. The stylishly minimalist gallery represents a diverse roster of local and international artists creating contemporary paintings, works on paper, fine art photography, encaustic collage and sculpture.
There is a unique mix of emerging, midcareer, and established artists. Several of the artists have a strong Provincetown, Massachusetts’s connection – the oldest, largest, and continuous art colony in America.
For more information about the gallery visit www.williamsmccallgallery.com or call 786.359.4321.
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