Christopher Benson at Newport Art Museum
Sep
29
5:00pm 5:00pm

Christopher Benson at Newport Art Museum

A retrospective of Christopher W. Benson’s work, this exhibition illustrates the evolution of Benson’s style over the course of his forty year career as a painter. Raised in Newport and Providence, Benson emerged from a family of artists and forged his own artistic path through teachers, art historical figures, friends, and his own intuition. Along the way, he found himself in Brooklyn, Cornwall, Newport, Berkeley, Tiverton, and Santa Fe, all of which stimulated the exploration of new content, styles, and ideas. As a representational painter, Benson absorbed various influences but nevertheless created something altogether new. Familiar and yet innovative, Benson’s paintings are quintessentially American, hovering in a territory somewhere between the salt-of- the-Earth realism of earlier New England coastal painters like Winslow Homer and George Bellows and the vibrancy of Bay Area Figuration. His work has also been influenced by other prominent American painters, such as Martin Johnson Heade, Edward Hopper, the regionalists of the 1930s, and the American Modernists Patrick Henry Bruce and Stuart Davis. From his early paintings of New York City to San Francisco Bay Area domestic interiors and streetscapes, to New Mexican landscapes, bi-coastal seascapes, and even some Mayan-influenced paintings, Benson takes us through an artistic odyssey that charts many of the potentials of his medium, from hard-edged realism to expressionism and abstraction.

Christopher Benson studied at RISD, where he earned his BFA in painting. He has had solo exhibitions at the Paul Thiebaud Gallery (San Francisco, CA), LewAllen Contemporary and Gerald Peters Gallery (both in Santa Fe, NM), the Virginia Lynch Gallery (Tiverton, RI) and Jessica Hagen Fine Art (Newport, RI). He has also participated in group exhibitions at the National Academy of Design (NYC), The Phoenix Art Museum (AZ), MoMA (NYC), and the Washington Art Association (Washington CT) where he won a juror’s prize in 2015. His work resides in the permanent collections at the Newport Art Museum, Redwood Library and Athenaeum, MoMA, the Stanford University Schools of Law and of Aeronautics, and in the special collections at the Stanford University and RISD Libraries.

 

A full-color catalogue accompanies this exhibition and will be available in mid-July.


With thanks for the generous support of The EJMP Fund for Philanthropy, Elizabeth "Lisette" Prince, trustee.

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New Paintings by Luke Randall
Aug
25
5:30pm 5:30pm

New Paintings by Luke Randall

Luke Randall's first solo exhibition with Jessica Hagen features a collection of new paintings that is inspired by vintage Polaroid photographs. While the work conveys the feeling of another time, it is simultaneously thoroughly modern and fresh. A Rhode Island native, Luke Randall is a master at handling paint and his love of the medium is evident in every piece. Luke Randall's show will be on exhibit through September 17th.

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Elliott Landy photographs 1967-69
Jul
27
5:00pm 5:00pm

Elliott Landy photographs 1967-69

Elliott Landy was the official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Landy is known around the world for his iconic photographs of rock and roll super stars including Bob Dylan, The Band, Janis Joplin and many more. The photographs taken from 1967 to 1969 have appeared on the covers of well-known publications such as Rolling Stone and Life Magazine, as well as multiple album covers. This exhibition is opening at the Newport Antiques Show July 27- July 30th and will be moved to the gallery where the work will continue to be on display from August 2nd -18th.

photo © Elliott Landy

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From A Private Collection: Photos by E.A. Kahane
Jul
2
5:00pm 5:00pm

From A Private Collection: Photos by E.A. Kahane

Self taught, camera at her side, Ms. Kahane is instinctively aware of the light.  Taking full advantage of life’s magical moments, framing her view of the world one image at a time.   Bringing her sensibility of spirit into the four walls of a frame, while capturing sites and peoples from her favorite places on the globe.  Living across the street from and looking out on New York City’s beloved Central Park for more than 25 years, Central Park holds a special place in her body of work.

Ms. Kahane’s has always pursued photography as an art form and personal expression.   Until now her work has not been available to the general public except as a means of supporting charitable causes near to her heart.  10% of proceeds will be donated to the Newport Art Museum. Show ends July 16th.

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Cellar Doors
Apr
8
to Apr 30

Cellar Doors

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Cellar Doors is an exhibition of eight new paintings by RI artist Kevin Gilmore. The abstract compositions are created with acrylic paint and collage materials on actual doors and measure approximately 36” x 78” each. Kevin Gilmore has been with Jessica Hagen since its inception in 2005 and this is Kevin’s fifth solo exhibition at the gallery. Cellar Doors is on exhibit through April 30th.

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The Fall Show
Oct
1
to Nov 3

The Fall Show

This year's Fall Show features new painting, sculpture, jewelry and photography from our impressive roster of gallery artists. We are also pleased to introduce a new artist, James Coe, whose beautiful landscapes will be included in the exhibit.

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Hunt Slonem Opening and Show
Jul
8
to Aug 21

Hunt Slonem Opening and Show

SHOW HELD OVER TO 8/21/16!! Hunt Slonem's work is in museums from the Guggenheim to the MFA Boston and in prominent private collections around the world. Please join us in honoring this accomplished artist while enjoying his solo exhibition.

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New Work By Susan Freda
May
6
5:00pm 5:00pm

New Work By Susan Freda

New work by Susan Freda featuring sculpture, jewelry and paintings. A great way to kick off the weekend and find a one-of-a-kind gift for your one-of-a-kind mom.

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Jewelry Trunk Show
Feb
12
to Feb 14

Jewelry Trunk Show

Just in time for Valentine's Day jewelry by Jessica Hagen, Melanie Preston, Heidi Brueggeman of Sugar, Jodi Busby and more... not to mention, beautiful sculptures, paintings and ceramics. Preview Party Friday night February 12 from 5:00- 8:00pm.

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Theresa Girard & Kevin Gilmore Paintings
Sep
26
to Nov 9

Theresa Girard & Kevin Gilmore Paintings

Opening Reception Sept 26th 

Show up until November 9th

Join us as we introduce  Theresa Girard's paintings to the gallery along with Kevin Gilmore's recent work. Experience the exuberance both painters bring to their work over a glass of wine and good friends. Though very different in their execution and subject matter, what connects these artists is the joy demonstrated through their work. Both artists are brilliant colorists with sophisticated palettes and confident lines through their compositions. 

 

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