October 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Judy Nimtz and Kenny Harris: Terra di Sienna: Paintings from Southern Tuscany
Exhibition Dates: October 26 – December 14, 2013
Artist reception: Saturday, October 26, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, November 16, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Public Contact: 310-836-9055
Koplin Del Rio Gallery is pleased to announce a joint exhibition of recent work by Los Angeles painters Kenny Harris and Judy Nimtz. The show titled Terra di Sienna: Paintings from Southern Tuscany, features a collection of plein air landscape and interior paintings by both artists based on recent travels in Northern Italy. The title plays on “Siena”, the province in Italy and “Sienna” the color, a fundamental staple in an artist’s palette, as well as the color of the earth in southern Tuscany.
The paintings included in the show are a result of three consecutive Spring residencies in the region. The artists would arrive each time in early March, taking full advantage of the lull before the hectic tourist season begins. The landscape paintings in the show capture the essence of Spring overtaking the gentle rolling hills and picturesque villages that dot the Val D’Orcia.
The paintings on linen and panel range in scale from the portable and intimate studies done on site to the larger more intensive paintings created upon return to their studios in Venice, California. Each painter brings their own vision and technique to the work: Kenny Harris, who is known for his interiors and mastery of reflective light, paints lush studies with confident brushstrokes that portray his decisions with immediacy and accuracy. Judy Nimtz, known for her poetic figure paintings and atmospheric backgrounds, renders towering cypress trees and still lifes with delicate precision and attention to detail.
As with many artists who have visited the region, Judy and Kenny have both been profoundly impacted by the wealth of history and their own personal experiences in Tuscany. When presented with the opportunity to return, they did not hesitate. The luxury of being able to revisit the same locations, at a similar time, year after year, allowed them to develop a deep relationship with their surroundings. They could return to favorite subject matter, as well as search for new visual stimulation and challenges. Visiting locations off the beaten path like the Borgo Finocchieto near Buonconvento or the Castiglioncello del Trinoro in Monteverdi, allowed the artists to explore the Tuscan culture in depth and at their own pace. This carefully curated selection of works from two distinct perspectives, provides a timeless glimpse of the unparalleled beauty of the Northern Italian countryside and centuries-old architecture inside and out.
Kenny Harris is an MFA mentor at the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna, California. He studied at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy and the Art Students League in New York under Frank Mason. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York. His shows have received critical praise from Artweek, Whitehot Magazine, and Angeleno Magazine and most recently, American Art Collector Magazine in August of 2013.
Judy Nimtz has an MFA from the Laguna College of Art in Laguna Beach California and has exhibited her work in several solo and group exhibitions in the Los Angeles area including a joint survey exhibition with Kenny Harris at The Santa Monica College Barrett Art Gallery called “How We See: The Process of Observation to Realization” in October of 2012.
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