Gallery Henoch is pleased to open an exhibition of 20 painters. In this show they highlight the extensive strength of the gallery paradigm that is their focus on representational painters who stand out for their imagination and distinctive personal approach.
Included are artists who work from life such as Olga Antonova, Sharon Sprung, Patricia Traub, Janet Rickus, Trey Friedman and Robert Jackson; there are the photo-realists such as Steve Mills, Steve Smulka, Greg Haynes, Max Ferguson, Richard Combes, Eric Wert and new comer Jerry Hirshberg; and lastly we have painters who reference life studies along side a variety of new media and photography to guide their compositions, they include John Evans, Kim Cogan, David Kassan, Susan Goldsmith, Gary Godbee, Lucong and Eric Zener.
Featured in the show is the artist Lucong. Born in Shanghai in 1978 and raised from 1989 onward in Iowa, Lucong instills his work with an uneasy beauty. Having been featured on the cover of American Art Collector magazine, Lucong has been looked on by many as one of the strongest up-and-coming artists working in the Midwest. The subtly distorted features of his figures - large eyes against delicately modeled hair and flesh - are infused with a calm intimacy that evokes a sly somewhat haunting intelligence.
In this show, two portraits of young women are captured in a 3/4 profile. The portraits are installed on opposite sides of the gallery. As you move through the exhibit you notice that both portraits greet you with their eyes.