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Gilbert Lewis
Portrait of a Young Man

ca. 1990s

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Gilbert Lewis (b.1945). Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1990s. Gouache on illustration board, 18 x 24 inches. Signed upper right. Excellent condition. Measures 24 x 30 inches in custom frame. Provenance: estate of the artist. Artist statement: Figurative art is a vital active process. The image has its own meaning; not storytelling, not just a picture of a face or a flower. Neither is it simply an exercise in the arrangement of shapes or colors. I want to translate my immediate impression into paint to present the image of an outstretched branch of flowers or a face – direct and simple. My art reflects human concerns expressed symbolically, through fantasy and in a more concrete manner in the process of making the representation itself. Art is my response to the image, the end result of an active process of exploration of the limits of the paint on paper within the confines of representation. The painting of a face is not just a face. My feelings are expressed through these images. My paintings speak to anyone in touch with their own humanity; to anyone else my art may be dismissed as “to personal”. Biography: Gilbert Braddy Lewis born September 25, 1945 in Hampton, Va. Son of David Blake Lewis (born in Atlanta, Ga.) and Gladys Louise Braddy [Lewis] (of Sanford, Fl.); brother of David Blake Lewis (Jr.) and Linda Lewis [Hunter]. The family resides at 3 South Linden Street, Hampton, Va. 1953 until 1962 “I studied from the age of seven, in Virginia, with two well-known Tidewater artists, Jean Craig and the late Allan Jones. The teaching methods of carefully observed studies from nature in charcoal or tempra paint, derived, of course, from the original French academic model, conveyed its impact on my early development; however, my eye and consciousness were mostly activated by the reproductions on the studio wall of works by Botticelli, Da Vinci, and Michelangelo.” Gilbert Lewis in Contemporary Philadelphia Artists: A Juried Exhibition, (Philadelphia Museum of Art 2000), p. 145 1963-68 Studies at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Franklin Watkins, Hobson Pittman, Morris Blackburn, and Walter Stuempfig. While a student at PAFA he shares apartment [261 South 21st Street] with PAFA students, Jody Pinto and Barbara Sosson. In 1967 he receives PAFA’s: Bergman Prize in Painting; M. Herbert Syme Prize; and Samuel Cresson Memorial Travelling Scholarship. The latter award enables Lewis to travel to Europe during the summer of 1967 where he visits museums. “In 1967, after having seen the Italian master’s work while on scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy, I was to realize my great influences and to discover the earlier Sienese masters whose clarity and energy still move me.” Gilbert Lewis in Contemporary Philadelphia Artists: A Juried Exhibition, (Philadelphia Museum of Art 2000), p. 145 1968 Horizontal painting [of an interior with a seated woman and cat by a large window] reproduced in black and white in school catalog for Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1968-1969, p. 24. Other students whose works are reproduced include Clayton Anderson, Barkley Hendricks, Paul Kane, Jody Pinto, Bruce Samuelson, Barbara Sosson, and James Victor. Gloria Etting, Philadelphia The Intimate City (New York: A Studio Book – The Viking Press, 1968), photograph of Gilbert Lewis drawing in the cast hall of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts reproduced in the chapter titled, “Art and Collectors,” n.p.. 1974 May 31, 1974, awarded Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the Philadelphia College of Art 1978 Received a Master’s Degree in Creative Arts in Therapy (MCAT) from Hahnemann University, Philadelphia. Gilbert Lewis, The Spontaneous Art Productions of an Institutionalized Geriatric Population: a thesis presented to the faculty of the Graduate School, Hahnemann Medical College, March 30, 1978 Late 1970’s to late 1980s/early-1990s, works as art therapist at Manchester House Nursing Center/Home in Media, Pa. 1977 Summer: studies at the American Projective Drawing Institute’s Annual Summer Institute run by Emanuel F. Hammer, Ph.D. 1981 First solo exhibition at Peale House Galleries (East Gallery) of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, March 5 – 27, 1981 “Since art school I’ve turned from oil to media of gouache and pencil, separately and sometimes together. I’m trying to discover for myself the power of observation without sacrificing the passion of the art materials.” Gilbert Lewis in Contemporary Philadelphia Artists: A Juried Exhibition, (Philadelphia Museum of Art 2000), p. 145 1986 Elizabeth Leonard, Painting Flowers, (New York: Watson-Guptill Publications 1986), reproduced in color, pp. 56, 67, 110, and cover Travels to Italy: Florence, Venice… 1988 Work acquired by Philadelphia Museum of Art: Autumn, 1987, gouache, purchased with Julius Bloch Memorial Fund 1991 October 10, receives A.T.R. from American Art Therapy Association, renewed in 1996 1992 Applies to American Academy in Rome, Philadelphia Regional Visiting Artists Program Around this time he has artwork with American Artist Gallery, Wayne, Pa. 1992 (June) lives at 322 South Street. By May 1994 living at 1804 Catharine Street (until January 2017). 1998 Group exhibition: 135th Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Pa., March 22 – April 26, 1998. Awarded Honorable Mention c. 1999-2007+ teaches at PAFA, certificate and continuing education programs (what years?) 2001 Group exhibition: 138th Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Pa., March 25 – April 29, 2001. Awarded Second Award By 2002 until c. 2014 Works at Blick Art Supply store, Philadelphia 2005 An undated artist statement from this time states: “My inspiration for this series came from the work of the nineteenth-century painter, George Catlin, who painted portraits of the American Indians. My portraits serve to commemorate the “tribe” of contemporary creative youth. Most of the studies were painted from life, originally using transparent and opaque watercolors, and in the past five years the series began to include oil studies on panels. In the watercolor paintings, the forms emerge from multiple layers of color, which have an intensity and a luminosity equal to oil painting on canvas, but demands the additional challenge of maintaining the integrity of the paper’s fragile surface. My oil studies, consisting of many layers of oil glazes over an under-painting, approach a look more like the oil paintings of Catlin that had originally inspired me, but these studies seem to have an additional intense almost icon-like quality.” 2008 Peter Weiermair, editor, Treasures of Gay Art from the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, (All Saints Press, 2008). Resting, 1982, gouache on paper, 44 x 30 inches, Founders’ purchase, 2004.1222.0002, reproduced in color p. 50; Swimmer, 1984, gouache on board, 63.75 x 44 inches, gift of George Dudley, 1994.1222.0001, reproduced in color p. 51 2015 Kevin Clarke, The Art of Looking: The Life and Treasures of Collector Charles Leslie, (Berlin: Bruno Gmünder, 2015), Swimmer reproduced in color p. 182 2017 He moves from his home at 18XX Catherine Street, Philadelphia, to the WaterMark. In January 2018 he is moved to Wyncote House, Pa., an Alzheimer’s care facility. Six works acquired by PAFA. Philadelphia, Pa., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Recent Acquisitions, summer 2017. Stephan Salisbury, “PAFA’s 32 New Works,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, pp. C-1 and C-6. SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2020 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (July 9 - ), Willliam Way Community Center (July 10 - ), and Woodmere Art Museum (July 16 – October 20), Gilbert Lewis 2004 New York, N.Y., Leslie Lohman Foundation, Gilbert Lewis: Becoming Men • Doug Gruse, “Gilbert Lewis,” Philadelphia Gay News, April 9-15, 2004, pp. 25, 27 and 32; BECOMING MEN: Portrait Paintings by Gilbert Lewis, March 9 – April 17, 2004 127-B Prince Street, (Text from Becoming Men: Portrait Paintings by Gilbert Lewis by Christian Bain, in issue 12 of The ARCHIVE) BECOMING MEN: Portrait Paintings by Gilbert Lewis By Christian Bain Philadelphia artist Gilbert Lewis inspires superlatives. What other artist has been compared to Eakins (whose student was Lewis’ teacher) and Titian in the same Art Matters review, or anywhere else for that matter? Gilbert is also an artist who focuses on the beginning and end of adulthood. During the almost 20 years he worked in a nursing home he painted portraits of elderly patients by day and of young men at night. “One of my motivations in painting has been to celebrate the beginning of adulthood for the young and the final period of life for the old,” Gilbert observes. “What struck me is that both young men and the old are ignored by society. Despite our ostensible focus on youth, young men are in a sort of nether world, no longer teenagers and yet not full adults. They’re in transition with no established identity and no real place in society. “A nursing home is basically an orphanage for elderly adults. It’s a place where people don’t really have their families anymore and visiting relatives and the staff constantly tell them what to do and don’t stop to hear what they have to say. When I was with them doing their portraits we were one on one and we were free to talk about whatever they wanted, with assurance that it would remain confidential. They often told me things even their children didn’t know. “What they had in common with the young men who modeled for me is that they could talk and know that someone was listening. My good fortune was that my young models really appreciated the fact that an adult person was actually there for them and not telling them what to do. I never gave them explicit instructions other than to tell them where to sit or stand. I let them decide how they would do it–I took the queue from each model. “Both the young men and elderly people who sat for me had a sense of trust because I listened to them and didn’t run away. Some of the young models would bring CDs or tapes of their favorite music to play while we sat. “I always painted from live models in gouache, watercolor or oil. The portraits were always completed while the model was still sitting: I only touched up the backgrounds, but never the figures.
“I wish that the exhibition could have colored strings connecting the young men who modeled for me with the models who recommended them and the friends they recommended in turn. It would make a very interesting story.” 1994 Philadelphia, Pa., Rosenfeld Gallery, Gilbert Lewis: watercolors & gouache paintings, April 10 – May 1, 1994, Man in Gray Shirt, 1992, watercolor, 16 x 20 inches, reproduced in color on the postcard. Review: Edward J. Sozanski, “Art. Nudes done dispassionately and romantically, Two very different approaches,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, April 15, 1994, Study watercolor, reproduced. [Bruce Samuelson ‘s exhibition also reviewed] c. 1990 Educational Testing Services, Gilbert Lewis, ten works (checklist): 1- Left Profile; 2- Dancer (Woodmere Art Museum); 3- Studious; 4- Wrestler (collection of Bill Scott); 5. Untitled Portrait; 6. Man in Red and Blue; 7 Man in Blue Sweater; 8- Student; 9- Young Artist; 10- Man with Intense Gaze 1988 Philadelphia, Pa., Gross McCleaf Gallery, Gilbert Lewis: Paintings and Drawings, October 19 – November 5, 1988. Review:s Victoria Donohoe, “On galleries,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Saturday, October 29, 1988, p. 5-D.; Jeanne Nugent, “Pennsylvania: Gilbert Lewis,” New Art Examiner, January 1989, pp. 52-53. Study [reclining nude male, arms folded over head], 1988, gouache, 22 x 30 inches, reproduced in black and white; Brenda Reed, “Reviews in Brief,” Art Matters, December 1988/January 1989, p. 2 1987 West Chester, Pa., Mitchell Hall Gallery at West Chester University, Gilbert Lewis: Paintings & Drawings, November 4 – 25, 1987. Hands Together, 1987, gouache on board, 40 x 30 inches, reproduced in color on the invitation. Twenty-one works on the checklist, including #19- Sick Boy (collection of Woodmere Art Museum) 1986 Boston, Mass., Twentieth Century Gallery, Gilbert Lewis, to July 2, 1986; Review: David Bonetti, “On and off the street,” The Boston Phoenix, section three, June 17, 1986 1985 Philadelphia, Pa., Noel Butcher Gallery, through January 30, 1985. Twenty-one works (pricelist/checklist). Review: Tam Mossman, “Lewis: Sex and sensitivity,” Welcomat, January 23, 1985. Works cited in review: Blonde Man [on invitation], Man in Argyle Sweater [both 1984], Man in Black and White Shirt, Boy, Summer Afternoon, Tribute, Gray Robe, Roses, Spring Portrait. Reproduced in the review: Swimmer (Leslie Lohman Foundation); Victoria Donohoe, “Galleries,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Saturday, January 12, 1985; reviewed by Ann Jarmusch for New Art Examiner???? 1983 Philadelphia, Pa., Noel Butcher Gallery, September 9 - October 5, 1983. Reviews: William Southwell, “Reviews in Brief,” Art Matters, October 1983, p. 2; Victoria Donohoe, “3 painters, 3 distinct viewpoints,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday, September 25, 1983, p. 17-H; Profile advertisement in Art Now/ Philadelphia: Gallery Guide, September 1983, Seated Figure and Reclining Nude reproduced 1982 Philadelphia, Pa., Butcher & More Gallery 1981 Philadelphia, Pa., Peale House Galleries of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1976 Philadelphia, Pa., La Terrasse Restaurant, Solo Exhibition GROUP SHOWS: 2020 Lincroft, N.J., Brookdale Community College, Morris Blackburn (1902-1979) and His Legacy: Painter, Printmaker, Writer, Teacher, January 22 – February 21, 2020. 2019 Philadelphia, Pa., Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Drexel University, Stonewall@50, curated by David Acosta and Janus Ourma, June 28 – July 26, 2019. 2018 Montclair, N.J., Montclair Art Museum, Constructing Identity in America (1766 – 2017), September 1, 2018 – January 5, 2019 2017 Philadelphia, Pa., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Recent Acquisitions Philadelphia, Pa., Woodmere Art Museum, A More Perfect Union: Power, Sex, and Race in the Representation of Couples, February 4 – May 21, 2017. Reproduced in color in the catalog, pp. 53 and 69. Untitled (8-25-83), gouache, reproduced in color in Woodmere Art Museum Calendar, Winter/Spring 2017, p. 4 Philadelphia, Cerulean Arts Gallery ? Philadelphia, Pa., Gross McCleaf Gallery, Todd’s show 2014 Philadelphia, Cerulean Arts Gallery, Lilies, Figs and Folly: Contemporary Still Life Paintings & Works on Paper. Bill Scott, guest curator, November 26 – December 21, 2014 2007 Serves as juror for William Way Center’s Annual Juried Exhibition. The other two jurors were Robert Goodman and Shelly Spector. 2006 or 2007 Philadelphia, Pa., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Faculty Exhibition [Vase of Roses] 2006 Philadelphia, Pa., William Way Center, Annual Juried Show, Douglas Pascall, juror Philadelphia, Pa., William Way Center, Gilbert Lewis: Portraits, a solo exhibition, Fall The artist donates his work, Portrait, to the William Way Center for its art collection. Teaches Drawing Fundamentals: a mixed media drawing class, at the William Way Center. 2005 Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Sketch Club, Juried Exhibition 2004 Moorestown, N.J., Perkins Center for the Arts, Juried Exhibition Philadelphia, Pa., The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Juried Exhibition, awarded Mary Butler Memorial Award Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Sketch Club, Juried Exhibition 2003 Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Sketch Club, Juried Exhibition 2002 Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Sketch Club, Juried Exhibition 2001
Philadelphia, Pa., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Faculty Exhibition Sewell, N.J., Gloucester County College Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Sketch Club, Juried Exhibition, March 25 – April 29, 2001, awarded Second Award 2000 Philadelphia, Pa., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Faculty Exhibition 1999 Philadelphia, Pa., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Faculty Exhibition 1998 Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Sketch Club, Juried Exhibition, March 22 – April 26, 1998, awarded Honorable Mention Moorestown, N.J., Perkins Center for the Arts, Juried Exhibition 1996 Camden, Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers National: Works On/Of Paper, March 11 – April 27, 1996, Study with Blue, Green reproduced in black and white in the catalog. Leon Golub and Ann Philbin, jurors. Northampton, Mass., Smith College, Drawing Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Art Alliance 1995 Media, Pa., Delaware County Community College Philadelphia, Pa., The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Juried Exhibition Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Art Alliance 1994 Philadelphia, Pa., Rosenfeld Gallery, (also in 1993) Philadelphia, Pa., The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Juried Exhibition Media, Pa., Delaware County Community College 1993 Haverford, Pa., Main Line Center for the Arts Abington, Pa., Abington Art Center Philadelphia, Pa., Woodmere Art Museum, (also in 1989) Media, Pa., Delaware County Community College 1992 Williamsburg, Va., Muscarelle Museum of Art, American Drawing Biennial, April 11 – May 24, 1992, Jack Beal, juror. Exhibited: Study, watercolor Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Watercolor Club Cheltenham, Pa., Cheltenham Art Center (also in 1989) Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pertaining to Philadelphia, [June?] – August 16, 1992, reproduced in black and white in Philadelphia Museum of Art’s June 1992 newsletter of Special Exhibitions & Events; Reviews: Edward J. Sozanski, “On Galleries,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, June 4, 1992, p. D5; “Local Artist Exhibits at Philadelphia Museum of Art,” Town Talk, Wednesday, July 29, 1992, p. 24M, Autumn reproduced Williamsburg, Va., Muscarelle Museum of Art Allentown, Pa., Allentown Art Museum, 23rd Juried Show. Review: Peter Schnore, “Reviews in Brief,” Art Matters, February 1992, page 1 Philadelphia, Pa., Woodmere Art Museum, The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Juried Exhibition, closed January 5, 1992. Reviewed: Peter Schnore, “More Reviews,” Art Matters, December 1991/January 1992, p. 9. “…only Gilbert Lewis approaches the level of Eakins. Lewis continues his ongoing documentation of young men seen with a searing empathy, incredible candor, and no more technical flaws than the average Titian.” Moorestown, N.J., Perkins Center for the Arts, Juried Exhibition 1991 Camden, N.J., Rutgers University, Tenth Annual City of Camden Art Exhibition, Receives Second Prize in Watercolors & Pastels for Portrait in Yellow, Tan and Black Philadelphia, Pa, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia Juvenilia: The Art of Future Past. One-hundred paintings, drawings, and objects made by Philadelphia artists when they were children, and recent works by area youths, September 6 – October 13, 1991 Glenside, Pa., Arcadia College, receives Friends of Beaver College of Art Gallery Prize Doylestown, Pa., James A. Michener Art Museum Wallingford, Pa., Wallingford Community Arts Center Philadelphia, Pa., The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Juried Exhibition 1990 Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Contemporary Philadelphia Artists: A Juried Exhibition, April 22 – July 8, 1990. Catalog: Sick Boy. (now in collection of Woodmere Art Museum), reproduced, p. 106; biography and artist statement, pp. 144-145; Related article: Leslie Alper, “The best of both worlds: Art therapist’s work is selected for Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition," Hahnemann University: Alumni News, Summer 1990, p. 39, Sick Boy reproduced Philadelphia, Pa, Levy Gallery at Moore College of Art, Re;Figure, extensions of the figurative tradition. Deborah Curtiss, Margaretta Gilboy, Gilbert Lewis, James McElhinney, Doris Staffel, Philadelphia, Pa., Goforth Rittenhouse Galleries New York, N.Y., National Arts Club Camden, N.J., Stedman Art Gallery at Rutgers University, Ninth Annual City of Camden Art Exhibition, closed July 21, 1990. Two works exhibited: Man with Red Cup and Portrait: December Jurors: David Ahlsted and Alison Weld. Reviewed: Vivien Raynor, “Annual Camden Show Offers a Lively Selection of 44 Works,” The New York Times, Sunday, July 8, 1990, Portrait: December by Gilbert Lewis reproduced, p. 14-N.J. 1989 New York, N.Y., National Arts Club, Allied Artists of America, Inc., 76th Annual Juried Exhibition Camden, N.J., Stedman Arts Gallery at Rutgers University, through July 22, 1989. Interior in Black, White, Red receives Juror’s Choice Award, Best in Show. Review: Victoria Donohoe, “Camden art exhibit is prized affair,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, June 30, 1989, p. 46, Interior in Black, White, Red reproduced in black and white Trenton, N.J., Trenton State College, National Drawing ’89: Juried Exhibition. Ann Percy, juror. Interior, gouache on board Moorestown, N.J., Perkins Center for the Arts, Works on Paper, October 27 – November 19, 1989. No. 22, Doorway, gouache, $1,500., receives Award. Alison Weld, juror Philadelphia, Pa., Gross-McCleaf Gallery, 20th Annual Summer Exhibit, “Mummer,” gouache, reproduced. This work is now in the collection of Woodmere Art Museum Cheltenham, Pa., Cheltenham Art Centre, Renee and David Weisberg Award for Interior in Black, White and Red, February 17, 1989 1988 Allentown, Pa. Allentown Art Museum, The Twenty-First Juried Show, January 17 – February 28, 1988. Monique Beudert, juror. Man in Striped Shirt, gouache, 30 x 22 inches, exhibited. Camden, N.J., Stedman Art Gallery at Rutgers University, Rutgers National 87/88: Works on Paper, March 7 – April 30, 1988. Receives the Rutgers-Camden Purchase Award. Interior, gouache on board, 40 x 30 inches, reproduced in black and white in the catalog. Review: Victoria Donohoe, “Drawing exhibition has a personal touch,” The Philadelphia Inquirer,Saturday, March 19, 1988. Interior reproduced Glenside, Pa., Beaver College Art Gallery [now called Arcadia University], Works on Paper, Juried Exhibition. Awarded Philadelphia Museum of Art Award; Review: Victoria Donohoe, “On galleries,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Saturday, February 27, 1988 Philadelphia, Pa., Woodmere Art Museum, Annual Juried Exhibition, awarded the Portrait Prize 1987 Philadelphia, Pa., Gross McCleaf Gallery, The Figure as Subject Loretto, Pa., Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, The Flower in Twentieth-Century American Art, catalog 1986 Moorestown, N.J., Annual Juried Exhibition, awarded Portrait Prize Loretto, Pa., Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Return of the Figure: A Pennsylvania Perspective Moorestown, N..J., Perkins Art Center, Seventh Annual Juried Exhibition, to May 2, 1986. Review: Victoria Donohoe, “Art,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, April 25, 1986, p. 34. Portrait by Gilbert Lewis cited in review. 1985 Moorestown, N.J., Perkins Center for the Arts, Annual Juried Exhibition Philadelphia, Pa., Woodmere Art Museum, 45th Annual Juried Exhibition, Barkley Hendricks, juror, April 14 – May 19, 1985; Gilbert Lewis, Winter Portrait, gouache on paper, #1 hanging in Main Gallery – awarded The Rochelle Boonshaft Portrait Prize 1984 Newark, Delaware, University of Delaware, Biennial Exhibition Camden, N.J., Stedman Art Gallery at Rutgers University, Rutgers National 84/84 Exhibition March 12 – April 28, 1984, Barbara Haskell and Nancy Graves, jurors. Exhibited works: Blush, gouache, 30 x 22 inches, and Analyst, gouache, 40 x 30 inches. Blush reproduced in black and white in the catalog, n.p. Philadelphia, Pa., The Kling Gallery, Persona: Nine Philadelphia Artists, July 30 – August 24, 1984. 1983 Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Juried Exhibition Philadelphia, Pa., Woodmere Art Museum, Annual Juried Exhibition 1982 Philadelphia, Pa., Charles More Gallery, Portraits Philadelphia, Pa., The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Juried Exhibition Media, Pa., The Picture Framers Gallery, Flower Paintings (a two-artist exhibition) 1981 Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Art Alliance, Works on Paper 1980 Philadelphia, Eric Makler Gallery, Summer Stock 1978 Philadelphia, Pa., Museum of the Philadelphia Civic Center, The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Juried Exhibition. Awarded May Audubon Post Prize in Painting 1976 Philadelphia, Pa., Provident National Bank, South Philadelphia Artists Group Show 1975 Newark, Delaware, University of Delaware, Regional Painting Exhibition Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Art Alliance, Regional Exhibition Philadelphia, Pa., Woodmere Art Museum, The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Juried Exhibition Philadelphia, Pa., Painted Bride Art Center, Group Exhibition of Paintings Philadelphia, Pa., Gross McCleaf Gallery, Painters Look At Philadelphia 1973 Philadelphia, Pa., Revsin Gallery, Three-artist exhibition 1972 Philadelphia, Pa., Woodmere Art Museum, The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Juried Exhibition 1969 Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Art Alliance, Process 1967 Philadelphia, Pa., Philadelphia Art Alliance
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    ca. 1990s
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    Height: 24 in (60.96 cm)Width: 18 in (45.72 cm)Depth: 2 in (5.08 cm)
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    Wilton Manors, FL
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    1stDibs: LU245210592532
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    Randall Exon (b.1956). Matthew, 1990. Oil on wood panel. Measures 24 x 36 inches. Unframed. Excellent condition with no damage or conservation. Signed and dated lower right. Gallery stamp on verso. Plastic wall mount taped down on verso. Provenance: The More Gallery INC, Philadelphia; Aramark Corporate Collection. Randall Exon (b. 1956) was born in Vermillion, South Dakota. Exon earned his B.F.A. in painting from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and an M.F.A. at the University of Iowa. In 2003, the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, staged a solo exhibition of his work. He was awarded the Thomas Benedict Clarke Prize in the 2004 179th Annual Invitation Exhibition of Contemporary American Art at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York. More recently, Exon’s work was featured in Visions of the Susquehanna, a traveling exhibition organized by the Lancaster Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, in 2008, and Haunting Narratives, a major exhibition at the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, in 2012. BORN 1956 Vermillion, SD EDUCATION 1982 M.F.A. in Painting, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 1981 Skowhegan School of Painting, Skowhegan, ME 1981 M.A. in Painting, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 1978 B.F.A. in Painting, Washburn University, Topeka, KS SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2013 Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY 2009 Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY 2007 Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY 2004 Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY 2003 Randall Exon: A Quiet Light, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA 2001 Mulvane Museum of Art, Topeka, KS 2000 More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1998 More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1996 More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1994 More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1993 Tasis England American School, Main Gallery, Thorpe, Surrey, England 1992 More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA Theatre Gallery, Washburn University, Topeka, KS Widener University Art Museum, Chester, PA 1990 Charles More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1988 West Chester University, McKinney Gallery, Mitchell Hall, West Chester, PA Charles More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA Carleton College, Northfield, MN 1987 University of Maine at Machias, University Gallery, ME Topeka Public Library, Central Gallery, KS 1986 More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1984 More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA Stoneybrook School, Suffolk, Long Island, NY 1981-82 Florence Wilcox Gallery, Swarthmore College, PA Beauchamp Gallery, Topeka, KS SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2019 Unforeseeable Thereness, Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2018 Vis-à-Vis, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY 2017 The New Baroque, Booth Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Robert Zeller Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views, Heritage Museums and Gardens, Sandwich, MA 2016 Mixed Environs: Contemporary Painters, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 2015 Home is Where the Art Is, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY 2014 Our American Life, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY 2014 Edge of the Seat, The Rye Arts Center Gallery, Rye, NY 2013 Duets: Art in Conversation, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY 2012 Haunting Narratives: Detours from Philadelphia Realism, 1935-Present, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA Structuring Nature, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR Summer Selections, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY 2011 Masterworks: The Best of Hirschl & Adler, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY 2010 Summer Selections, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY 2009 Holiday Selections, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY 2008-2009 American Green – Art and Stewardship, Somerville-Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE 2008 Holiday Selections, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY Summer Selections, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY 2007 Finding a Form: Influences in Figurative Painting, Tower Gallery, Philadelphia, PA Holiday Selections, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY Summer Selections, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY 2006-2008 Visions of the Susquehanna, Susquehanna Art Museum, PA; Governor’s Residence, Harrisburgh, PA; Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD; Roberson Center for Art and Science, Binghamton, NY. 2006 Summer Selections, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY 2004 179th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy of Design, New York, NY Selected Works from the Ballinglen Collection, United States Embassy to Ireland, Ambassadors Residence, Phoenix Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Part of the Art in the Embassies Program, Washington D.C. 2001 Personal Affinities, Contemporary Artists Influenced by the works of Edwin Dickinson, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, PA 2000 December Show, Fenton Gallery, Cork City, Ireland Works from the Archives, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland 1999 New Realism for a New Millennium, Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, NY Indomitable Spirits, The Figure At The End Of The Century, The Art Institute of Southern California, Laguna Beach, CA 1998 Visual Poetry, A Selection of Work by Artists Inspired by the Words and Sentiments of Walt Whitman, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ The Artist's Window, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC Embodied Fictions, Twelve Contemporary Figure Painters, The Boyden Gallery, St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD 1997 Abstract and Image, Four Painters, Hopkin's Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH An Extended View: Landscapes by Philadelphia Artists, Levy and Paley Galleries, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA 1996 Figure Drawings, Hillyer Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA Figurative Paintings, Edith Caldwell Gallery, San Francisco, CA A Show of Hands (Exhibit and auction to assist AIDS research), Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA 1994 Figures in the Landscape, More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1992 Landscapes by Randall Exon & Joseph Byrne, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 1991 A Show of Hands, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA 1991 Ten Contemporary Philadelphia Painters, Westmoreland Museum, Greensburg, PA 1991 Sport in Art, Woodmere Museum, Chestnut Hill, PA 1990 Myth and Monument, More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1990 Evidence of the Senses, 7 Painters, Woodmere Museum, Chestnut Hill, PA Pollack Award Winners, Mulvane Gallery, Washburn University, Topeka, KS 1989 Works on Paper, More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA Nocturnes, More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1986 Nature Morte, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, St. Francis College, Loretto, PA 1984 The Spirit of the Coast: Paintings, Monmouth Museum, NJ Drawings: Personal and Intimate, More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA Night Paintings, Florence Wilcox Gallery, Swarthmore, PA 1983 Realist Direction, Penn State University Museum, University Park, PA 1981 Graduate Student Traveling Exhibit, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 1980 Selected Painters, Mulvane Gallery, Washburn University, Topeka, KS 1979 Artists Choose Artists Exhibit, University of Missouri at Kansas City Art Gallery, MO JURIED SHOWS 1990 Philadelphia Art Now, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA 1989 State of Pennsylvania Juried Exhibition, William Penn Museum, Harrisburg, PA 1987 State of Pennsylvania Juried Exhibition, William Penn Museum, Harrisburg, PA 1984 Butler Institute of American Art Annual Exhibit, Youngstown, OH National Academy of Design Biannual Competition, New York, NY 1981 32nd Iowa Artists Exhibition, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA 1980 Iowa Artists Solon, Burnnier Gallery, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 1979 Kansas Bankers Association Exhibition, Topeka, KS AWARDS/GRANTS/RESIDENCIES 2004 The Thomas Benedict Clarke Prize, 179th Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York, NY 2001 2nd Fellowship, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland Eugene M. Lang Faculty Fellowship, Swarthmore College, PA 1997 Fellow, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland 1992 Washburn Fellow, Washburn University, Topeka, KS 1989 Eugene M. Lang Faculty Fellowship, Swarthmore College, PA 1988 Andrew Carnegie Prize, 163rd Annual Exhibition of the National Academy of Design, New York, NY 1987 1985-86 1984 1981 1981 1980 1976, 78 TEACHING 1982-present 1994-00 1980-82 Best of Show prize, juried museum exhibition, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA Henry Luce Scholar, Bali, Indonesia Julius Halgarten Prize for Best Painting by an Artist under 35 years of age Academy of Design Annual Exhibition, New York, NY Iowa Artists Salon, Second Prize Skowhegan Scholarship Award, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA Student Award, 32nd Iowa Artists Exhibition, Des Moines Art Center, IA Charles Pollack purchase prize for the best painting from annual student exhibition, Washburn University, Topeka, KS Professor in Studio Arts, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA Chair, Department of Art, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA Teaching Assistant to Ben Frank Moss, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA VISITING ARTIST/LECTURES 2002 2001 1998 1995 1994 1993 1994, 1992 1992 1989 1987 1986 1985 1982 Pennsylvania State University, Abington, PA Hollins College, Roanoke, VA Maryland Arts Institute, Baltimore, MD Beaver College, Glenside, PA Union College, Department of Art, Schenectady, NY Allentown Art Museum, PA Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA Tasis England American School, Thorpe, Surrey, England Boston Art Institute, MA Boston University, M.F.A. program, MA Beaver College, Department of Art, Philadelphia, PA Dartmouth College, Department of Visual Studies, Hanover, NH Dartmouth College, Department of Visual Studies, Hanover, NH Carleton College, Northfield, MN University of Maine at Machias, ME Horsham College of Art, Horsham, England Stoneybrook School, Suffolk, Long Island, NY Moore College of Art, Basic Drawing, Philadelphia, PA Vassar College, Department of Art, Poughkeepsie, NY PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Allentown Art Museum, PA ARA Corporation, Philadelphia, PA Security Pacific National Bank, Sanger Branch, Los Angeles, CA University of Iowa, Permanent Collection, Iowa City, IA Mulvane Gallery Permanent Collection, Washburn University, Topeka, KS Woodmere Museum, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA Henry Luce Foundation, New York, NY Henry Wendt Collection, Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY Sozanski, Edward J. “Simple Situations, in almost holy light,” Philadelphia Inquirer , February 7, 2003 Francis, Naila,“Studies in Light, Space,” The Intelligencer, January 9, 2003 Thompson, Jodi, “Fabulous Realism, seeing the light,” Out & About, January 9, 2003 Hopkin, Alannah, The Irish Examiner, July 1, 2002 Hopkin, Alannah, The Irish Examiner, January 2002 Sosanski, Edward, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 2001 Carr, Jeffrey, “Landscapes of the Imagination,” American Artist, January 1999 “On The Town,” New York Times Art Review, November 1998 Adelson, Fred B...
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