I am very excited to announce the following upcoming show. Please read below the press release for more information:
Recovering the American Sublime
New Paintings by Erik Koeppel and Lauren Sansaricq in Historical Context
Pace Galleries of Art at Fryeburg Academy
Opening Reception – May 6, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m.
The essential thesis of the 19th century American landscape painter was that by deep reflection upon the beauty of nature, one may ease their weary soul of the troubles inherent to a social being thrust into the industrialized world. Today, as humanity travels further from nature into stark modern interiors and cyberspace, artists Lauren Sansaricq and Erik Koeppel believe that a powerful vision of nature is more needed than ever before. They have thus devoted their minds to reviving an art whose intention is to bring the beauty of nature back to the forefront of human consciousness.
In this exhibition, the paintings of Koeppel and Sansaricq are displayed in juxtaposition with 19th century landscape paintings of the White Mountains. As the couple shares a studio in Jackson, NH, White Mountain subjects are prominent among scenes of New England, and even works from their travels west. The historic paintings are on loan from the collections of the Jackson Historical Society, and Bethel Historical Society, as a promised gift of Randall H. Bennett. Many of the contemporary paintings are available for sale.
The Pace Galleries of Art are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm (or by appointment). Call the box office at 207-935-9232 to schedule a visit.
I am so honored to be giving a lecture on my process as a landscape painter and how it relates to the Hudson River School, Nov. 3rd between 7 and 7:30pm at The Currier Museum , in Manchester N.H.
The lecture also aligns with a remarkable show the museum is doing on 19th century white mountain art called “Mount Washington: The Crown of New England”.
In my lecture I plan to discuss the Hudson River School artist’s approach of working from drawings and plein-air sketches to make their larger studio paintings. And more generally how these artists saw and studied nature.
Please join me Nov. 3rd! Should be a wonderful evening.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Bethel Historical Society’s exhibition opening this past weekend. For those who missed it , The exhibit and sale will continue at the Dr. Moses Mason House, Tuesday thru Friday, from 1 to 4 pm, through October 14.Here are some photos from the show:
This past June me and my partner Erik Koeppel traveled to the historic Catskill Mountains, to paint many locations that were popular among the 19th Century Hudson River School artists. We had a marvelous time , here are some of the images of my works created from the trip!
Lauren Sansaricq “Kaaterskill Falls” 12x16in. oil on panel
Lauren Sansaricq “Sunset At Inspiration Point” 12x16in. oil on panel
Lauren Sansaricq “View From Tip Top of RoundTop and High Peak” 9x14in.
Lauren Sansaricq “View From Twilight Park” 12x18in.
Lauren Sansaricq ” View of Kaaterskill Clove” 9x14in.
Lauren Sansaricq “Artist Seat” 6x9in. oil on panel
Lauren Sansaricq “Clouds Passing in The Catskills” 5x7in. oil on panel
Echo Lake in Franconia Notch New Hampshire, was a favorite spot for many of the White Mountain Artists and of course many of the Hudson River School Artists of the 19th century . Recently I set out to make a large painting of this gorgeous spot. Yet, I did not do my more normal procedure as I have done with other large paintings in the past, in this case I started the large canvas en plein air. Normally, I do a small painting outside our maybe just a careful drawing then take those studies back to the studio and make my larger painting. So this was a new and refreshing experience for me! But, anyway in this post I want to share some amazing White mountain painters works of this particular location then share my new piece.
Albert Bierstadt Albert Bierstadt
Alfred Thompson Bricher Alfred Thompson Bricher
Alfred Thompson Bricher Edward Hill
Alfred Thompson Bricher Samuel Lancaster Gerry
And here is my new painting of the same location……
“Echo Lake , Franconia Notch” 24x36in. oil on canvas . This painting will be available at this years show and sale , at the Jackson Historical Society , in Jackson N.H. the official opening is Oct. 23rd 6:00 to 9:00.Here is a link to the event: http://www.jacksonhistory.org/