“Still Life Invitational 2014” at ACME Fine Arts in Boston                                        

ACME Fine Arts will mount an exhibition of still life paintings and sculpture made by a select group of 20th and 21st century artists. The exhibition will be on view November 7 through January 3, 2015. An Opening Reception will be held in conjunction with SoWa First Fridays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on November 7th. The exhibition will feature a fine group of paintings and sculpture hand selected by Gallery Director David Cowan. Cowan has included fresh artwork by popular Gallery Artists: Kenneth Stubbs, Lester Johnson and George Lloyd, as well as new work by contemporary artists: Mike Wright, Donald Beal, and Richard Baker. Art Historians credit Dutch and Flemish painters of the 17th century with creating the first important artworks in the still life genre. Exhibition artwork spans from the early 1950s through today, and ranges stylistically from Cubism, to Abstract Expressionism, to Magic Realism and beyond. For the Cubists painters, the still life was a perfect point of departure to display the multifarious points of view absorbed by the picture plane of their canvases. The Expressionist still life that evolved during the late 1950s and 1960s can be seen in the paintings of Lester Johnson, and James Lechay, and when it collides with a Post-Modern approach to Cubism, in the paintings of George Lloyd (who studied with Johnson at Yale) and in the constructions of Mike Wright.