Opening Reception: Friday, November 6 from 6pm to 8pm
About New Ancient Pictures
In the Spring of 2011, at the Phillips Collection here in Washington, I saw an exhibition of Philip Guston’s paintings made while he was traveling in Rome in 1971. Around the same time I came across the idea that in the original Homeric tales of the Iliad and the Odyssey there is no mention of the color “blue”-that even though those stories take place under skies and over oceans, the color palette of those stories is mostly: red, yellow, black, grey and white. That idea, whether true or not, was exciting to me and related directly to the palette that Guston was using in the Roma pictures. All of this coincided with a time in my life when I have moved several times between states, and across coasts, so that somehow the mythic tales of Homer and the aesthetic travels of Guston felt personally related to my own search for a sense of ‘home’, for personal transformation, and for a feeling of artistic renewal. The paintings in this show are a result of those artistic influences, mixed with my own subjective experience of our shared, observable world.
About Vonn Sumner
“Vonn Sumner’s fine paintings are equivocal visual wonders. They are painted worlds that reflect a bright clarity interrupted by mysterious bewilderments.
Ideas and concepts are overwhelmed by empathic feelings suspending us in a tension between answers and questions provoking and teasing us into a long and careful looking…perhaps, the look of a lifetime?”
~Wayne Thiebaud, 2015
Vonn Cummings Sumner grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the son of a picture framer in an artistic family. Frequent trips to museums as well as travel in Europe, Central America and India, shaped Sumner’s visual aesthetic during his formative years. He attended the University of California at Davis, where he earned both a Bachelor’s degree and an M.F.A. in painting. While at UC Davis he worked closely with Wayne Thiebaud both as a student and as a teaching assistant. He also took summer classes at the San Francisco Art Institute and is influenced by the Bay Area Figurative movement that centered around that school in the postwar period.
Sumner has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1997. He has been featured or reviewed in many publications including New American Paintings, Elle Décor, The Washington Post, L.A. Weekly, Art Ltd., Riviera magazine, Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz, Cartwheel, and featured on the cover of Boom magazine and Quick Fiction. Sumner has had two solo museum exhibitions – Vonn Sumner: The Other Side of Here– at the Riverside Art Museum in 2008 and Vonn Sumner: Stages, in 2011 at the Phillips Museum of Art in Pennsylvania.
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