PORTRAY: Portraits with a purpose
Works from 18 artists who have captured unique stories worth telling through their visual art.
This new exhibit explores the visual portrayal in many mediums. The artists put on display the varied stories behind the portraits. How they characterize and interpret their subjects. And how they are uniquely connected to the artists lives.
July 14 to September 18
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"Brass Tax and the Invisible Complexities Within" by David Lionheart
About David Lionheart
Mixed media artist David Lionheart uses his keen sense of depth and spatial awareness to create abstract works, enhanced by color and texture. He employs a variety of unexpected materials to create layers of dimension, including oil paints, spray paints, and industrial materials, which results in a sculptural quality in his canvas and wood pieces. In his large-scale compositions, he demonstrates a unique understanding of the power of movement over a canvas, versus representing a specific subject. This creates a powerful suggestive journey that walks the viewer over every square inch of the piece.
Born in the City of Newburgh, NY, and raised by a single mother, David faced immeasurable challenges and traumas at an early age. He credits his mother’s indomitable strength and influence for guiding him through extreme adversity. Now he’s on a mission to teach others the potential any one person has to be a positive force for themselves and others.
David has overcome the horrific effects of sexual abuse, the catastrophic pain of a loved one’s suicide, the early struggles of life in a broken home, and the limitations of severe financial distress. With intense commitment to his own healing, David learned to view his struggles as blessings that taught him the value of adversity, and allow him to help others navigate their own challenging paths.
Today, David is the founder of the 501(c)(3) Play For Your Freedom. He utilizes wellness workshops to get veterans out of hospital rooms or secluded lifestyles and back into their lives in whatever capacity they can. He is also a powerful speaker on trauma, adversity, and triumph.
“David is a firm believer that everyone has the ability to be a force in this world, and he is using his own life to exemplify that belief. His message of resilience, gratitude, and hope is profoundly moving. He is not above allowing himself to be raw and real, and his audiences are often found in stunned silence moments before erupting into applause.” – Barbara Allen, Co Founder of American Snippets
"Primordial Substance" by Evan Samuelson
The first solo art show of painter Evan Samuelson of Beacon will be on display from July 9th through September 18th. The show, titled “Primordial Substance”, is a collection of 17 oil paintings. Depictions of the human form or expressive floral displays appear on oversized canvas or wood panels, with sizes such as 38”x 50” and an impressive 66”x 102”.
Considering his own work as generally in the surreal minimalist style, Samuelson also says “working larger has always felt natural. I like that the preliminary lines and strokes utilize more of a full-body motion. It can also be viewed from further away and seems to create an immersive experience for the viewer”.
The artist’s statement about this show: “My work expresses emotionally charged forms from an altered perspective. Implicit to that is the desire to foster a deeper awareness of what it is that truly connects us. Playing with repetition, shape, and tone I hope to blur the boundaries which have been taught and accepted. Working towards an association with, and acceptance of, the underlying oneness of being.” Samuelson explains his technique “Most paintings begin with sketched form followed by an imprimatura to tone the canvas. I then apply the grisaille method to achieve a fully monochromatic composition. More recent work is finished with layers of glaze for vibrant color. A final coat of varnish achieves a consistent sheen.”
Regarding his personal journey and development as an artist, Samuelson says: “Art has provided a means of enhanced self-awareness and self-preservation. It was manifesting through trauma and internal struggle. As I began to venture into readings that dissected these topics, a love of philosophy and psychology began to take shape. I have been developing and applying these concepts to my paintings ever since. The idea of a deeper connection and mode of being is all-encompassing and drives me to learn more every day. Accepting that all of these things are not necessarily gained but already exist within is so beautiful. The love and absolute beauty that resonates at our deepest levels. The parts of being that feel just as they should.”
Samuelson, who grew up on the South Shore of Long Island, has lived in Beacon for the last six years. In that time, he has shown paintings at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, BAU Gallery in Beacon, and Hudson Beach Glass Art Gallery in Beacon.