Our current exhibition is a Retrospective for Laura Shechter.
This is the first solo exhibition for Shechter in Naples and a retrospective
spanning the most of her 50+ year career of the still life painter, including new works from
her Brooklyn studio. Shechter considers herself a second generation contemporary realist--
the first generation includes painters such as Philip Pearlstein and Alex Katz. She studied at
Brooklyn College in the 60's with Ad Reinhardt and absorbed his minimalist tendencies. "I
paint both directly and indirectly--depending on the surface I am describing. For instance, look
at this wooden table. I can't just get out brown paint and put in on the canvas and convey the
surface of the wood. What you sense on this table is wood viewed through layers of stain and
varnish. So, I paint it "indirectly" layering the paint. You can't convey the visual experience of
a wall as seen through a colored glass object using just direct painting--it has to be translucent
and transparent. So I paint both ways. The things in my paintings elicit surprising responses in
people. People respond both to the painting and to their attachment and memories of some of
the objects I've painted. One museum curator burst into tears when she saw some images from
her childhood in my paintings. I try to give the same meticulous care in depicting the objects
that the people who made them gave to them. I honor their craft."
The exhibition will run through March 4 with hours of 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday at 599 Ninth Street North in Naples.
We also offer private showings of a wide selection of works by the artists we represent. We provide private art consultation and can bring works to your home or office within Southwest Florida.
During the season we show new exhibitions regularly starting in November and running through April. Please contact us for more information.
"Composition in Green" by Laura Shechter, oil on canvas, 34" x 35", 1992