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.
I was so honored to lecture and demonstrate on the subject of 19th century landscape painting techniques at the Museum of the White Mountains recently. In the lecture I talked about the common process among artists of that time to do drawings and color studies outdoors, then bring this information back to the studio to make larger studio paintings. And how these larger pictures were done in a layered process , first with an under-painting , then several layers of glazing and scummbling.
Here is my smaller color study, and drawing for the larger painting to the right
And the larger painting “The Basin” 24 x 48in.
For those interested in seeing a video of my process of how to make a Winter Full Moon painting, follow this link:
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 upcoming Nov. 18th to 20th 2016 , I will be teaching a workshop on “Understanding the Sky for Artists” at The Grand Central Atelier in New York City. It will be a studio workshop , and is open to all levels! Here is my description:
“The sky is the heart of a landscape painting.
In this studio workshop we will dive into studying and painting the sky with oils. We will discuss how the sky is changing at different times of day, and what consistent principles can be found. We will talk about the atmospheric perspective and different varieties of clouds and how they optically interact with the sky. Atmospheric glazing and other types of glazing will be demonstrated. A combination of imagination and reference material from master paintings will be used, no photography.”