Opening Reception: Thursday, December 9 from 6pm to 9pm
Join Cross MacKenzie Gallery for the Opening Reception & Holiday Party December 9th 6-9pm
John Blee and Richard Schur at the Art Gallery in the new penthouse premises of Moody Graham and Teass\Warren; 609 H Street NE Washington, DC 6th floor.
Cross MacKenzie Gallery and Moody Graham and Teass\Warren are pleased to announce our inaugural exhibition in their new Art Gallery.
Join them to celebrate the new rooftop digs, toast the artists and ring in the season at the Holiday Party with food and drinks.
They launch this joint venture featuring two master colorists, DC based painter John Blee and German artist, Richard Schur. These painters share a passion for the power of color as a vehicle for optical and sensory experience. Schur has evolved a personal language of geometry informed by his forefather Piet Mondrian, to create his ordered compositions. He is in complete control. These paintings are sharply hard-edged and perfectly executed resulting in a balanced world of interior relationships and abstract forms. Like “perfect pitch” in music, Schur’s color harmonies resonate visually and relate to contemporary architecture. They conjure the city-plan view as well – looking out to the Capitol’s skyline and the streets below from Moody Graham’s rooftop terrace, one can envision the paintings as colorful city maps. Read more
For John Blee, “Painting is Poetry and color is its language” says Ari Post’s art review. He titles his paintings after poets like Rilke and approaches his relationship with color from an emotional, poetic perspective. His paintings are explosive with riotous color and gesture – they emote energy and love for the medium itself. Every loose brushstroke and mannered mark is applied with luxurious layers of thick, textured, voluptuous paint building a perfect tension of internal logic. These generous paintings celebrate the sensory experience of being alive in full sun. Blee’s earliest years in India informed his understanding of hot, saturated hues and according to the artist, “Color determines the voice of each painting”. Blee wields his brushes with the mastery of his long career of teaching, writing and exhibiting his paintings – some of which are included in the collection of MOMA and LACMA. Read more.
Moody Graham Landscape Architects & Teass\Warren Architects; 609 H St NE Washington, DC 20002 6th fl.