Themes of Garden, Landscape, Experience and Memory

July-August 2016

As artists we often want access to experience that has left an imprint on us and to cultivate it. Often the blueprint is in the house we grew up in or we wish we had, flower plantings in the yard or a floral-print kitchen tablecloth, which continues to exert influence in our work. This July, continuing our summer Themes of Garden, Landscape, Experience and Memory, we are exhibiting two painters, Peter Bregoli and Wendy Edwards whose process and work include live flower forms and their stylized, patterned representation.

Flowers, patterned fabrics, and pottery are among Peter Bregoli’s favorite things. Weekends are spent cultivating his Brooklyn backyard paradise. Vacations abroad include checklists of special places to visit with concern he will not have room in his suitcase to transport newly acquired ceramic wares and textiles. With an MFA in Printmaking from Yale School of Art, Peter has engaged pattern and prints for years. Recently, he was telling me how happy he was about a new group of watercolor images he was working on, personal arrangements of collected pottery, backdrop fabrics and flowers, thoughtful compositions playing with freshly cut and printed flora and fauna.

Walking to the door of Wendy Edward’s converted firehouse studio in Providence, near Brown University where she serves as Visual Art Chair, we passed deep beds of irises and blooming dogwood trees organized in classical European garden symmetry. Inside, freshly painted canvases depict cut flowers on her studio worktable, guided by the brush strokes of Van Gogh. Having come of age as a painter during the rise of feminist art of the 1970s, her work gives domesticity license. Her paintings are built, the vigorous use of a house painting brush or squeezing color through a cake decorating tube to create a textile like surfaces, the choice of marks always in service of the image, woven together in visual support. For this exhibit, we chose works on paper combining collaged, printed flowers of Mexican oilcloths, big brush strokes of watercolor and Caran d'Ache crayon drawing elements.

On view at Russell Janis July-August 2016



Works from the exhibit are for sale here.


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