Athenaeum Gallery Presents Philip Livingston Family, Ghosts and Other Strangers

By Editorial Team on March 1, 2021

Thu, 25 February 2021 - Sun, 04 April 2021

Philip Livingston, Double Margaret (detail), 2018, acrylic paint and pastel on birch panel 40”h, 30”w, 1.5”d.
On View: February 25 – April 4, 2021

In the gallery and online:

Paintings and drawings on wood by Philip Livingston, featuring his works inspired by the haiku poem.

Artist’s Statement

One artistic model I admire and try to emulate is the haiku poem. The haiku conveys its meaning through simple images. Its meaning can grow over time. It does not insist.

The figures in this exhibition are derived from photos of family and acquaintances. They can be understood as real or imaginary; fictional or historical; physical or ghostly; present or past. Therefore some are silhouettes while others are rendered in pencil or pastel. Each technique has its role.

I layer gravity-defying painted and drawn elements which might seem to detach from the panel and float toward the viewer. Instead of rendering three-dimensional space, I mean to evoke the experience of time. Among the figures, chairs, paint swipes, drawing marks, empty spaces, rocks and stenciled patterns, the question is not so much where as when.

This show is culled from works of the last two years and reflects some of the dramatic events we all have experienced. So here is solitude, sorrow, entanglement, rage, uncertainty; but also some hopeful gestures of light and color.

Join them in the gallery for socially-distanced ‘meet and greets’ with Philip Livingston

  • Sunday, March 14, 2 – 4pm
  • Sunday, April 4, 2 – 4pm

Athenaeum is located at 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA. Fore more information, visit