Dena Zemsky & Shawn Sullivan
July 27 – October 31, 2018
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM, during lunch and dinner service
Title: High Tide No. 5
Medium: oil painting
Title: Banana Boat
Medium: oil painting
Artists Reception: Sunday, September 16, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Meet the artists and see their wonderful work.
The public is welcome, admission free.
Featuring local wines and artisanal cheeses, served by the Jamesport Manor Inn.
The Jamesport Manor Inn offers a Prix Fixe dinner immediately following the reception for $29 per person.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Dena Zemsky Artist Statement
My love affair with maps began as a young woman when I found an early 20th century encyclopedia which included a number of exquisite geographic, topographic, and oceanic maps.
Inspired by the style, graphics, and graduated color patterns of cartography I began to paint large-scale abstract interpretations of maps. Many of the paintings were done in diptych or triptych format; where the edge of the canvases touched was evocative of map folds. Some of these paintings are panels from that project but shown contemporaneously as single works.
My most recent series of paintings explore the high-tide mark, delineated and defined by the deposit of sea grasses and seaweed. In this new work I am incorporating a variety of different materials mixed into the oil paint -- by layering colors and textures and surface manipulation I am opening up the movement of the paint and creating a visual depth previously unexplored. My hope is that the viewer will be transported to an imaginary sphere while still referencing images and movement in the natural world.
Shawn Sullivan Artist Statement
My still life paintings feature objects that I often find at auctions, garage sales, or online. Usually I have an idea that I have been sketching and thinking about for a while and then very often the object magically appears. That may be partly due to the fact that I have quite a few ideas going at one time and quite a backlog of things that I want to paint.
I arrange the chosen objects in my studio, and I work very hard to create the light setup that will enable me to capture my initial vision. I work from life but I do change things and edit as I go to fit the concept that I have in mind. I want my paintings to feel solid and believable but I am not after photo-realistic detail. I want my paintings to look like paintings, to show brushstrokes and the movement of my hand. I am not interested in covering my tracks, my painterly process is part of the look of my work and one of my great pleasures.
The objects that I use in my still life paintings may have some symbolic significance but I try not to make it too obvious. I am drawn to the shape and forms of canoes as objects but they can also take on a mythic importance. The history of photography and its relationship with the kind of art that I practice has become increasingly of interest. The cameras used in my newer works are meant partly to refer to that history. I find that if I paint the same object a number of times over a long period of time, eventually the object begins to transcend its material qualities and becomes somewhat iconic. I do not desire to quantify that in any way; I prefer to keep the dialogue open between my work and the viewers perceptions. Although I paint from life, the paintings have a “magical realist” quality to them because of the often improbable or whimsical arrangements. They are not made to represent moments glimpsed in passing. They are ideas made visible.
Each one of my paintings represent an extended moment in time indicating the slow fade out of light as it travels across the canvas. As the light fades, it also affects the colors in the painting. What could be more wonderful than painting that thing that sits in a half light zone filled with beautifully subtle variations in color intensities and hues? It is those moments that a painter lives for and that gives full expression to my craft and art. I want my colors to sing out in the light and to murmur in the shadows. When that happens, I know that I am satisfied.
Exhibits at the Rosalie Dimon Gallery are a joint effort by East End Arts and the Jamesport Manor Inn to introduce exceptional artists and their work to the East End communities. This program is made possible with public funding provided by Suffolk County.
For more information and to purchase work, contact Jane Kirkwood, East End Arts Gallery Director: 631-727-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org