September 5-30, 2023
Opening reception: September 7 6-8 pm
Artist Talk and Closing reception:
September 30 4-6 pm
Review by Pamela Tucker
The artist will be present at the gallery every Saturday during the exhibition.
Blue Mountain Gallery is pleased to present Gaia Grieves, an exhibition of the paintings of Richard Castellana from September 5 - 30. This is Castellana’s eighteenth solo show, fourth at the Blue Mountain Gallery, and the first to be devoted to a single theme, the climate crisis. The mostly imaginary paintings include fires, floods, hurricanes, and drought. Many depict the Dance of Death (Totendanz) for endangered species and humans, notably children - a grim subject with, fortunately, some comic relief.
Castellana’s work is in numerous private collections, Fairleigh Dickinson University, the Museum of Creativity of the Fondazione Fremantle per Artisti Stranieri in Toscana (FFAST) and has been reviewed in the bi-lingual (English/Italian) magazine NEXT. He has had artist residencies in Italy and at the Vermont Studio Center, studied at the Art Students League, the New York Studio School, Queens College, and was a member and director of the Bowery Gallery. He is a Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Fine Arts at Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ.