Monday, January 4, 2016

'Spaghetti for Breakfast' Press Release

Below is the press release from Gross McCleaf for my show opening this Friday:

Leftovers, oil on panel, 18 x 22 inches

Aubrey Levinthal
Spaghetti for Breakfast
January 6 - 29, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, January 8, 5 - 7 pm

Gross McCleaf is pleased to announce, Spaghetti for Breakfast, an exhibition of works by Aubrey Levinthal.  Her paintings present food, friends, humor, and the ordinary daily struggles of a life lived. Through the painter's compassionate and scrutinizing eyes, viewers are introduced into a world of gritty beauty seen with informed optimism, stripped of superficial facades.

Sometimes just an outline, sometimes only implied, hidden figures blend into and emerge from her compositions.   With a sense of humor, the artist captures the complexity of life lived with open eyes, curiosities, and doubt. For Levinthal, any personal experience, no matter how mundane or grandiose can be a point of departure.  She paints ordinary scenes with a sensitivity to the intimate and personal moments that often go unnoticed and underappreciated.  Many times her interest falls to those intervals before everything is resolved; before objects solidify and come into focus.

Levinthal's paintings are touched by references to her artistic predecessors. Nods to Matisse and the Nabis appear in her paintings, simultaneously paying homage and providing insight into her own art historical influences. These rich details, as well as the artist's use of paint, reward close attention. Like a soft-spoken whisper from a trusted friend, we look and listen knowing that what is being said has substance.

Aubrey Levinthal is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Pennsylvania State University. She currently paints and lives in Philadelphia.

Toru's Spaghetti Breakfast, oil on panel, 31.5 x 27 inches.

Gross McCleaf Gallery
127 S. Sixteenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: 215-665-8138
Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 - 5


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