Jonathan Forrest - "Building Blocks of Colour"
Yechel Gagnon - "Midwinter Thaw"
Works from exhibition KEVIN SONMOR: STILL LIVES LIVED
KEVIN SONMOR: STILL LIVES LIVED
November 28, 2002
- December 24, 2002
Opening Reception: November 28, 5-8 PM Kevin Sonmor in attendance
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the opening of KEVIN SONMOR: STILL LIVES LIVED, a solo exhibition of oil paintings. The exhibition continues throughout the month of December.
Kevin Sonmor’s landscape paintings reflect environments; wandering between historical conventions of landscape painting and the contemporary aesthetic of the abstracted landscape. An inspired student of Flemish painting, his visions are dark and atmospheric with familiar still life objects such as fabric, flowers and grapes, floating disembodied through the rich painterly landscapes Sonmor creates in the background.
Mark Daniel Cohen, a New York City-based artist/writer who regularly writes on contemporary art for a number of art
periodicals, states in a recent essay:
"…Sonmor paints with the certain craft of a master, with the sure touch of a virtuoso, not for the sake of the pride in technique but for something more imperative: for the efficacy of the art, for the sake of what art is for — the penetration through to a truth of our essential nature that we realize but cannot hold for more than the briefest moment.
There is a wistful allure to Sonmor's images, a cool fervor and a delicate, irresistible persuasion that looks back toward scenes and tonalities that come to the mind from some imaginary and suffusing past. It is rendered in the acquired manners of French and German Romantic landscape painting, of Northern European still lifes and Vanitas studies, and it is captured in hues and shades of feeling that only so venerable a medium as oil paint could embrace. And in Sonmor's mannerisms and distinctive handling of paint, there is embedded an equation of deep insight: the imagination of the past invokes a probing into the depths of the mind, the feeling of age to the image strikes a delving to the heart of the soul. It is a known formula of art, but a formulation of such power that understanding the equation provides no armor against its potency.