Melinda Zox and Harry Bertschmann - Inaugural Exhibit
Quogue Gallery is pleased to announce that it is taking space at J. Numan Custom Framing located at 109 West 10th Street in lower Manhattan. The new space will allow the gallery to provide year-round service to its growing New York City client base. The gallery will put on a series of exhibitions over the course of the year featuring its roster of artists.
The Gallery’s first exhibition will feature the work of abstract expressionists Melinda Zox and Harry Bertschmann.
The exhibition will run from December 12, 2018 to January 31, 2019. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, December 12 from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Melinda Zox is the daughter of renowned American lyrical abstraction painter Larry Zox (1936-2006), who played an essential role in the Color Field movement of the 1960s and 1970s. As an emerging Abstract Expressionist painter, Melinda happily acknowledges that abstract painting was in her blood long before she studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City under Frank Roth. Raised in the heart of the downtown New York City art scene by her father and his artist wife, Jean Glover Zox, the artist recalls a childhood that was “a continual lesson in the experience of art and creativity. Art, color and expression were part of our daily life and almost every conversation.” Zox’s childhood experience with her parents’ paintings supplemented by a wealth of other artistic influences informs the technical as well as expressive quality of the works. Addressing her process, the artist has said: “I am drawn to color and influenced by bold, strong lines as well as dynamic powerful shapes. The work is grounded by quiet and still lines interrupted by layers of explosive energetic color.”
Harry Bertschmann was born in Basel, Switzerland, where his approach to painting was established at the famous Basel School of Design in the late 1940s. He has been a New Yorker since the 1960s. It is intriguing that ever since he came to America he has led double lives. By day he has been an innovator in conceptual graphic design — and many of his commercial logos and packaging have become iconic in American culture. By night he was a painter driven to push the boundaries of abstract expressionist painting. It’s hard to find many abstract painters today who can match his extraordinary dynamism and versatility. Ultimately, his works have great staying power. There are no one-liners here, so easy to grasp, as are Andy Warhol’s assembly line screen prints. Rather, a Bertschmann painting compels the viewer to linger — and upon returning find invigoration anew.
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