Da Silva Gallery
Whalley Ave., New Haven, (203) 387-2539
Hard Works: The Artwork of Gordon Skinner
20—Oct. 19, 2012.
reception: Thurs., Sept. 20, 6—9 p.m.
release from Da Silva Gallery
Gordon Skinner aptly describes his artwork as “Integrity Art”—“Art that is
real, honest, and promotes creative consistency.” His solo show at the Da Silva
Gallery in New Haven, Hard Works: The Artwork of Gordon Skinner,
runs from Sept. 20 to Oct. 19. The title, a double entendre of sorts, describes
Skinner’s collection of paintings comprised primarily of organic portraits that
are given expression through the use of bold color, spontaneous brushwork, and
a world of hard-edged personal history. In the mask-like visages that Skinner
paints, lie revelations that are both personal and universal. They’re
reflections that confront some of the hard realities and pressing issues that
exist all around us - but do not always press us to action.
an artist, Skinner’s work is also reminiscent of a tradition and movement known
as “Blues Impulse”. This tradition follows a long list of artists of various
mediums who have transformed their extenuating circumstances and hardships into
extraordinary levels of visual content and artistic expression. This tradition
is also highlighted in the personal expression of people who overcome adversity
and express their stories through the oral tradition and the resilience in
which they live their lives.
Works also touches on the work ethic required of the artist in
creating a body of quality work, which in Skinner’s case, means working three
jobs while simultaneously carving out time to paint. The result is not only an
honest expression of an artist painting the world as he sees it, but also, by
example encouraging others to work hard in pursuit of their life’s passions. In
2012 alone, Skinner has managed to generate the attention of the press
surrounding his art. Having been featured as a guest on television programs CT
Style and Better CT, featured articles by Hearst Publication and The
New Haven Independent, having his work featured in The New
York Times as well as being the subject of a final thesis paper for a
work has been exhibited in contemporary art galleries in CT, such as City
Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, as well as NYC’s international annual Outsider Art
Fair in Times Square, and in a solo show in January in the Azoth Gallery at the
New Haven Public Library. In addition to being the subject of a documentary by
Take Notice Productions about his art, his paintings were also featured in a
magazine photo shoot with celebrity fashion designers Coco and Breezy.
the exhibition, viewers can expect to see paintings in a variety of mediums, on
both canvas and wood. Debuting in this show will be an introduction of a
several family members in a series Skinner calls “The Gohar Tribe.” The series
is a fictionalized family of individual portraits that are similar in
aesthetic. The characters are all unique in their own right and display their
own personal freedom of expression in their individuality.
opening reception with the artist will be held on Thurs., Sept. 20, at the Da Silva
Gallery from 6—9 p.m.
exhibition will be on display at the gallery until Oct. 19.
Labels: Da Silva Gallery, Gordon Skinner, painting