Aaron Seckman: Portrait and Still LifesJUN 16 – JUL 9, 2016
June 16 – July 19, 2016
Reception Friday, June 16, 2016 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Aaron Seckman: Portraits and Still Lifes
The still lifes presented in this selection of works by Aaron Seckman, painted from 2013 to 2015, depict objects of simple pleasure, such as donuts that were eaten at the end of the day and flowers that added joy to his cramped Brooklyn apartment. These objects celebrate the beauty of nature, not as a bucolic Pennsylvania landscape, but as the glistening sugar glaze crackled on red velvet cake. They create a Brooklyn kitchen sized world of light, shadow, color and emotion.
While avoiding the emotional anchor of sentimentality, hints of drama and intrigue surface in Seckman’s work. He draws satisfaction from his visual curiosity, his “joy of seeing” and the enjoyment of playing with the abstract qualities of brushwork, paint quality, design and color relationships within the composition. These qualities are expressed differently depending on his particular feelings while painting the work and whether a piece is completed in one session or over multiple sessions. He welcomes a variety of approaches as it allows him to continue to grow in his craft and to express new aesthetic experiences.
His latest works, a series of portraits painted in 2015 and 2016 at Chelsea Classical Studio, layer the techniques from his still lifes with his over a decade-long study of the human figure. This body of work focuses on the qualities of paint, more than the people he paints. They create a striking and tangible experience of light and color and present a vision of reality experienced through an idiosyncratic language of paint.
For more information on Aaron Seckman’s work please contact the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free and open to all.