Alexander Purves: Watercolors

October 4 -29, 2016

Reception Thursday October 6, 5 – 8pm

The watercolors of Alexander Purves are made from the direct observation of nature. His approach emphasizes the immediacy of the medium and its ability to capture the ephemeral quality of light. The watercolor is applied in transparent layers, the unpainted white paper often acting as a positive element in the composition. Rock formations are a recurrent subject, as is the winter landscape of northwestern Connecticut where he maintains a studio. In this exhibition, however, Purves has gathered images that focus on patterns of light and shadow in dense woods – their moods changing as the months of summer pass into autumn. Other paintings look at the rhythm of leaves – the wild grape of New England, the banana palm of Florida. In commenting on his 2006 show at the Blue Mountain Gallery, William Zimmer observed, “[His] subjects are innately unglamorous, yet following Ruskin in this tendency to embrace the overlooked in nature, Alec Purves keeps coaxing eloquence out of brambles and rocks.”

Purves’s watercolors have been included in many group shows. Major exhibitions of his work have been held at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City (2006, 2010, 2013), the Bar des Artistes in New Haven (2010), the Washington (CT) Art Association (1987, 1992, 2003), and at the Woodbury Gallery of Antiques and Fine Art in 2004. In 2013 the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale mounted a show entitled “Alexander Purves: Roman Sketches” which presented a collection of his drawings and watercolors made over the previous twelve years. In 2002 his travel drawings were exhibited at the Hunter College Leubsdorf Gallery in a show entitled “On Site.”

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