“Realism: Robert Bolster & Larry Preston” opens July 19 at the Walsingham Gallery. The exhibition will include landscapes, seascapes, and still life paintings from two acclaimed New England realist painters.
Robert Bolster divides his painting practice into two series. He completes many of his New England landscapes and seascapes in a tradition manner, with remarkable adherence to reality and breathtaking attention to detail. His paintings are exquisite illusions of beloved New England scenes. His more recent series of paintings are similar, but with one added element. Bolster begins his “squares” paintings within a grid structure. Meticulously painting each square of the grid as if it were an individual painting, he accentuates the two dimensionality of the picture plane while simultaneously creating a thoroughly convincing depiction of space.
Larry Preston chooses to paint the objects he sees around him, simple, everyday items that are beautiful and all too often overlooked. Depicting a single flower or a piece of fruit, he celebrates the beauty found around us. He paints in oil, on linen or canvas, sketching his subject first in charcoal and turpentine, then applying many semi-transparent oil glazes over the original sketch. The resulting work has great depth and a luminous quality, lending a quiet, introspective quality to his masterful still life scenes.
“Realism” will run from July 19 through August 31, with an opening reception attended by the artists on July 19 from 6 - 8 pm.