20  P A I N T E R S :

Gallery Henoch is pleased to open an exhibition of 20 painters. In this show we highlight the extensive strength of the gallery paradigm that is our focus on representational painters who stand out for their imagination and distinctive personal approach.  Included are artists who work from life such as Olga Antonova, Sharon Sprung, Patricia Traub, Janet Rickus, Trey Friedman and Robert Jackson; there are the photo-realists such as Steve Mills, Steve Smulka, Greg Haynes, Max Ferguson, Richard Combes, Eric Wert and new comer Jerry Hirshberg; and lastly we have painters who reference life studies along side a variety of new media and photography to guide their compositions, they include John Evans,  Kim Cogan, David Kassan, Susan Goldsmith, Gary Godbee, Lucong and Eric Zener.  


Spotlight on:  Lucong 

This week we focus on the new paintings by Lucong.  Born in Shanghai in 1978 and raised from 1989 onward in Iowa, Lucong instills his work with an uneasy beauty.  Having been featured on the cover of American Art Collector magazine, Lucong has been looked on by many as one of the strongest up-and-coming artists working in the Midwest.   The subtly distorted features of his figures - large eyes against delicately modeled hair and flesh - are infused with a calm intimacy that evokes a sly somewhat haunting intelligence.      
 Above:  JODY LYNN, oil on panel, 24" x 24"

In this show, two portraits of young women are captured in a 3/4 profile.  The portraits are installed on opposite sides of the gallery.  As you move through the exhibit you notice that both portraits greet you with their eyes. 

Their beautiful gaze tends to follow your movements with a Mona Lisa-like-effect.  It is clear that from the beginning Lucong carefully shaped these portraits to act as mirrors.  That is, these females reflect the very emotional state of the viewer.  When confronted with happiness, they appear to deliver an approving nod, or, for the weary soul a compassionate glance.  This psychological ambiguity is the rhetoric of this artist.  It lives through the duality of these portraits  - each full of an intelligent condition but lacking a specific temperament.  It is the true art in lucong's eyes.

Below:  ERIN LEIGH, oil on panel, 24" x 24" 

MAX FERGUSON at Hebrew Union College
Reviews in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal

Gallery Henoch congratulates Max Ferguson on his 13th solo exhibition, "Painting My Father," now on view in New York City at Hebrew Union College through June 29th. The show's curator Laura Kruger calls Ferguson's paintings, "at once timely and personal; timeless and universal" but notes that his subject matter "stems not so much from nostalgia, as it does from a desire to capture things while they are still here." Ferguson's intimate portraits of his father at Hebrew Union College has already received attention from The New York Times' Marie Elena Martinez, who observes that Ferguson "captures his father as he was, and as he wished him to be - all against a backdrop of a fading midcentury New York."  A review by Sameer Reddy also appeared in today's Wall Street Journal.

A catalogue, with an introduction by art historian Gail Levin, is available.

For more information about Max Ferguson's work contact Andrew Liss at andrew@galleryhenoch.com.

Max Ferguson, MY FATHER IN KATZ'S, Oil on Panel, 16" x 20"


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