Saturday, August 23, 2014

Meet the Artist, Gary Koeppel, This Friday 6-8pm

New studio and Plein Air works By Gary Koeppel

Meet August, Artist of the Month, Roslindale artist Gary Koeppel. 
He will be talking about this recent work

Friday August 29th, 6pm to 8pm, Dedham Square Artist Guild.

What is Plein Air: En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air" and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif ("painting on the ground") in French. It can also be used to describe other activities where a person partakes in an outdoor environment. Wikipedia

From Gary Koeppel

The elements that attract me to a scene have to do with composition, color, contrasts of light and dark. When I paint a tree in a field the tree becomes secondary to describing the space around it.

In addition to on site (Plein Air) painting I have been working on larger studio pieces from photographic reference of interesting compositions and lighting. Working in this controlled environment affords me the luxury of time to work larger and push the image in a slightly different and compelling direction.

Painting landscapes is something that I enjoy doing, something that I have taken with me through the journey of my life over the past thirty years. What is it that attracts me to the landscape? I suppose it’s a place of being for us all, our connection to the land, giving us a sense of place on this planet.

The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD B.F.A. (Deans List) 1975
The New School (Parsons School of Design) New York, NY 1976-77
Northeastern University, Boston, MA 1992-93
Mass Art Boston, Master Class with George Nick 2001

Awards and Honors
2002 Memorial Award, National Small Works Juried Show, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT
2005 First Annual Roslindale Open Studios, Viewers Choice Award
2006 Second Annual Roslindale Open Studios, Third Prize Juried Selection and Viewers Choice Award

2010 THE BEST OF AMERICA OILS VOL. 2 Kennedy Publishing
2008 ArtScope Magazine Vol.3-Number 4 September/October “Roslindale Open Studios” pg. 55 Franklin W. Liu

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