Modern landscape oil painting reminiscent of Hudson River School painters oil on canvas 48 x 48 inches Romantic (yet modern) Hudson River oil landscape painting of rolling, hilly farmland with trees in the foreground with a luminous blue and golden sky in the background. This painting is of a horizontal orientation and is finished with a pale blue/green border painted directly onto the canvas. The edges are finished with the same color, so no additional frame required here. Once a hard edge realist painter, the artist eschews those details, letting the stroke of his brush and moody palette leave an abstract implication of the landscape. In the Openings series, Palmer integrates the frame into the painting. This element contributes to the narrative, suggesting the viewer is inside looking out. We are not a part of the landscape, rather we are a peaceful witnesses to nature that will transcend even our own existence and continue to change with the seasons long after we have passed. We are romanced by Leigh Palmer's unique ability to pare down and find the true essence of the landscape, gently veiled through his own soul. We are proud to have exhibited his work since the inception in 1991. Artist Statement: My paintings are based on observation of the landscape in the Hudson River Valley where I live, and are improvised in the studio; the images are found or discovered in my memory of familiar places and developed during the painting process. Human beings do not appear, but their presence is felt in the marks left on the ground (furrows, fence rows, roads), and sometimes in the air (smoke, haze). About the artist: In 1987, Leigh Palmer moved with his family from suburban Duxbury, Massachusetts, to Tivoli, New York, a quiet town on the Hudson River, north of New York City. His subject matter shifted to the sprawling hills and countryside of the Hudson Valley. “I wanted to respond to the new landscape I was seeing, to catch something of the feeling I had just before dark,” says Palmer. “I took a lot of photographs, but I was happier with the paintings I created from memory.” Leigh Palmer has been represented by Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY for over 25 years. Resume: EXHIBITIONS 2013 - 2017 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY 2011 Graficas Gallery, Nantucket MA 2010 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY 2009 Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent CT 2008 Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent CT Four Starr Gallery, Stonington CT 2007 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY 2005 Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent CT 2004 Segalas Gallery, Bernardsville NJ 2003, 04 Bachelier-Cardonsky, Gallery Kent CT 2000, 01, 03 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY 1999 Barbara Singer Fine Art, Cambridge MA 1999, 98 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY 1997 The Main Street Gallery, Nantucket MA 1996 Randall Tuttle Fine Arts, Woodbury CT 1995 James Cox Gallery, Woodstock NY 1992, 90, 88, 87 Sherry French Gallery, New York NY 1985, 84, 83 The Main Street Gallery, Nantucket MA SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2005 “Pulp”, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY “Landscapes”, Haddad-Lascano, Great Barrington, MA 2004 "On Paper", Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY "Landscapes", Haddad-Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington MA 2003 "Hudson River Art at Rhinebeck" Historic Wilderstein Mansion,RhinebeckNY 2002 "Works on Paper", Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY "Hot Wax", Cummings Art Center, Connecticut College, New London, CT "The Luminous Landscape", Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall- on-Hudson NY and Albert Shahinian Gallery, Poughkeepsie NY 2001 "Juried Show", Columbia County Council on the Arts, Hudson NY "Landscapes", The Gallery at R&F, Kingston NY 2000 "Dealer's Choice", Bridgewater/Lustberg&Blumenfeld, New York NY 1999 "Encaustic Works '99", Watermark/Cargo Gallery Kingston NY and The Gallery at R&F, Kingston NY "Turning of the Century", Bridgewater/Lustberg & Blumenfeld Gallery New York NY "Locations", Kendall Art and Design, Hudson NY "Four Old Friends", The New Gallery, Nantucket MA "Summer Group Show", Munson Gallery, Chatham MA 1997 "Landscapes", Columbia Memorial Gallery, Hudson NY 1996 "Inaugural", Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY 1995 "Group Show", Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago IL "Four Painters", Gallery of Contemporary Art, Hudson NY "Invitationl", Tivoli Artists' Co-op, Tivoli NY 1994 "Winter Group Show", James Cox Gallery, Woodstock NY 1993 "Landscapes", Warren Street Gallery, Hudson NY 1992-93 "The New Whitney Dissenters", Sherry French Gallery, New York NY. Traveled to museums in AK, IL and MA 1991 "Group Show", Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago IL 1990-92 "Illumination and Radiance: Epiphanies in Contemporary Painting", Sherry French Gallery, New York NY. Traveled to museums in MI, OK, CA, TX and WA 1990 Chicago International Art Exposition, Navy Pier, Chicago IL 1988 "An Evening and a Day with Contemporary Art", The Bayly Art Museum, Charlottesville VA Chicago Internationl Art Exposition, Navy Pier, Chicago IL "Focus on Art: 1988", NCJW of Essex County, NJ "The Collectors' Show", Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock AK 1987-89 "Frivolity and Mortality: The Tradition of Vanitas in Contemporary Painting", Sherry French Gallery, New York. Traveled to museums in NJ, TN, IN, AZ, CA, NY and UT 1987 "Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection", National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC (catalog illus. page 114) Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland "Night Light, Night Life", Sherry French Gallery, New York "In the Country", Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx NY 1986 "Nature Morte: The Museum Examines Still Life", So. Alleghenies Museum, Loretto PA "Timeless Tables", Art Complex Museum, Duxbury MA "Still Life: Life That Is Still", Sherry French Gallery, New York "Group Show", Miller Gallery, Cincinatti OH "Food Show", Nabisco Brands Gallery, East Hanover NJ 1984 "Selections from The Sara Roby Foundation Collection”, Nantucket Historical Society, Nantucket MA 1983 "Annual Juried Show", Art Complex Museum, Duxbury MA Award: 1995 MacDowell Colony, Peterborough NH, Residency Fellowship SELECTED PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS National Museum of American Art, Washington DC Sprint Corporation, Kansas City MO US State Department Bank of New York Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City MO The New School for Social Research, New York NY The Gund Collection, Cambridge MA American Bank and Trust Co., Chattanooga TN Ernst and Whinney, New York NY Dutchess Community College Library, Poughkeepsie NY
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