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New Work at Didi Suydam Contemporary
One Bannister's Wharf on America's Cup Avenue
Monday, July 9 - Tuesday, July 31, 2007
OPENING RECEPTION Sat., July 14th, 6-9PM
Newport, RI - Didi Suydam Contemporary is pleased to host an exhibition of new work by Thomas Sgouros during the month of July in our new location at One Bannister's Wharf on America's Cup Way. The exhibition features new oil paintings from the 80 year old artist's Remembered Landscape series. Sgouros' landscapes invoke coastal horizons, quintessentially New England in nature, and the gallery's backdrop of Newport and Narragansett Bay is a stunning foil for the images. The exhibition opens to the public Monday, July 9 and will run through Tuesday, July 31, 2007. A reception with the artist will take place on Friday, July 14th, from 6 - 9PM. The gallery is open Sunday - Wednesday 11AM - 6PM and Thursday - Saturday 11AM - 8PM.
About Thomas Sgouros
Thomas Sgouros is an internationally renowned artist with an impressive career in illustration. He is particularly known for his accomplished watercolor work. An influential professor in the Illustration Department of the Rhode Island School of Design for decades, he was appointed Helen M. Danforth Distinguished Professor in 1991 in honor of his teaching efforts. He was elected to the National Academy in 1992 and in 1991 received a CFS Medal from the American Watercolor Society, of which he has been a Signature Member since 1954. In 2001, he was given a Claibourne Pell Award for lifetime achievement. His work is in numerous corporate and private collections as well as in the collection of museums in Rhode Island, Maine, Alaska, Florida and Ohio.
Sgouros' early work was characterized by a finely-tuned, observant eye that recorded still life and landscape with equal sensitivity. His current body of work, the Remembered Landscapes, executed in oil, watercolor and pastel are evocations of place, non-specific meditations on the essence of landscape - all stark horizon and roiling sky. Living for the last decade with progressively worsening macular degeneration, Sgouros now paints landscapes culled from memory. Working with severely compromised vision, he is still able to render tone and value like a master. He works from a palette laid out in the same color order he has used for 50 years, the colors memorized though no longer distinguishable. The Remembered Landscapes are a testament to Sgouros' passion and commitment to visual expression, and his unflappable urge to make pictures. The Remembered Landscapes are pure formal abstractions laid onto the tripartite skeleton of landscape that he articulates as foreground, horizon line and sky. The images are lyrical and balanced, they invite musical metaphors, and they resonate with meaning because they are stripped down to their barest essence. Viewers, certain that they recognize the locale pictured in a composition, often insist, "I’ve been there, I know that landscape." With this body of work, Sgouros has touched on a universal chord, the human connection to place and the artist’s perennial urge to record it.
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