Artists' reception Tuesday at Gallery 195 in New Haven
195 Church St., 4th floor (First Niagara Bank), New Haven, (203) 772-2788
Perry Obee & J.D. Richey
Through Mar. 15, 2013.
Artists' Reception: Tues., Jan. 15, 5-7 p.m.
Press release from the arts Council of greater New Haven
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents an exhibition of paintings by Connecticut artists Perry Obee and J.D. Richey at Gallery 195 at First Niagara Bank, 195 Church St., 4th floor, New Haven. The exhibition will be on display during bank hours from Dec. 18, 2012 through Mar. 15, 2013. An artists' reception is scheduled for Tues., Jan. 15, from 5—7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
According to Debbie Hesse, the Arts Council's Director of Artistic Services & Programs and curator of this show, the two are paired nicely because viewers will be able to compare and contrast their painterly styles. Both are representational artists; one gravitating towards interior spaces, the other toward exteriors.
Obee holds up the interior side of that dichotomy, often depicting his studio, himself, and other artworks, adding a level of intimacy to the work and building on the tradition of paintings within paintings.
Richey often chooses to paint outdoors. His 'plein air' works are not typical pastoral landscapes, but gritty street scenes. Still, the paintings incorporate vibrant colors and represent reality and New Haven in an honest and recognizable way.