Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bjørn Skaarup: Carnival of the Animals at the Bruce Museum

Cavalier Galleries is very pleased to announce Bjorn Skaarup’s First American Museum Exhibition, to take place at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT from October 31 - January 3. 
This video trailer to promote the Bruce Museum exhibition, is edited from Mads Fjeldsoe Christensen film on Danish sculptor, Bjørn Okholm Skaarup.

Carnival of the Animals is Danish sculptor Bjørn Okholm Skaarup’s first American museum exhibition, presenting a contemporary bestiary in bronze. Each of the twenty animal sculptures on view offers a whimsical story or allegory to decipher, inspired by ancient fables, art history, or modern animation.Visit the exhibit at 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT.
Coinciding with the museum exhibit, additional works by Bjorn Skaarup will be on view at Cavalier Galleries locations in New York City, at 3 West 57 Street and in Greenwich, CT at 405 Greenwich Avenue.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WORK OF THE WEEK: Manhattan in the Moonlight by Jenness Cortez

Jenness CortezManhattan in the Moonlight
acrylic on mohogany panel, 36 x 30 in.

“Manhattan in the Moonlight” is a brilliant example of Modern Traditional Realism by artist Jenness Cortez.  This vibrant and meticulously wrought masterpiece is an acrylic painting on mahogany panel, measuring 36 x 30 inches. The work is included in our American Realism: Past to Present exhibition, on view through November 30th in New York. 

Jenness Cortez is a distinguished figure in the contemporary revival of classical realist painting. She was born in Indiana and exhibited profound talent for art at a very early age.  As a teenager, she took private lessons with Antonius Raemaekers, a well-trained Dutch-born painter and superb teacher whose early instruction continues to influence her work today.  She then went on to study at the Herron School of Art, one of the oldest independent professional schools of art in America. To add to development of her technical mastery, Cortez next went on to New York City to study at the Art Students League under another gifted teacher, Arnold Blanch - whose influence on the young art student was also profound.

Throughout her remarkable career Cortez has become proficient in a variety of subject matter including sporting and wildlife art, landscape, portraiture, interiors and still-life. Early in her career she worked as an editorial illustrator and etcher, then returned to her love of painting, with animals as her primary subject matter. For twenty years she became world renown for skillfully portraying horses––most notably, thoroughbred racehorses.  In the mid-1990s, Cortez moved on to landscapes, then to cityscapes and at last to interiors and still life painting where her focus remains today.

At the beginning of the 21st century, Cortez began concentrating on a form of still life painting inspired by the age-old tradition of “art in art.” This tradition was most notably employed by such 17th-century Dutch artists as Johannes Vermeer, usually to impart a hidden meaning to astute viewers.  Similarly, Cortez’s paintings offer layered meanings built on specific themes. Often starting with an iconic masterwork, she then surrounds it with meticulously rendered book covers, photographs, sculpture, antiques, and other objects with cultural or historic significance. Each intricate painting challenges the viewers’ intellectual curiosity. By depicting iconic artworks in her own paintings, Cortez underscores a classic paradox of realism: the painting as a “window” into an imagined space, and as a physical object; both a metaphysical presence and a material entity.

"Manhattan in the Moonlight" features tributes to Childe Hassam's “The Avenue in the Rain” and “Up the Avenue from Thirty-Fourth Street, May 1917”; Jean-Leon Gérôme's “Arabs Crossing the Desert”; “The New Yorker” cover by Harry Bliss, June 3, 2002; an Embellished, hand-made edition of “The Rubaiyat” by Sangorski and Sutcliffe book bindery, London, 1911, destroyed in the sinking of the Titanic, 1912; and a Chinese Archaic bronze “Hu” vessel from the Eastern Zhou dynasty, early 5th century B.C., among other unique objects and decor.

Jenness Cortez has been exhibiting her work since 1975, and has had more than 40 solo shows throughout the United States. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including those of President Ronald Reagan, President Bill Clinton, Governor George Pataki, Governor Hugh Carey, HM Queen Elizabeth II, Ambassador True Davis, Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Congressman Gerald Solomon, Atlanta Braves General Manager John Schuerholz, Mr. Jerry Weintraub, the New York State Museum, Skidmore College and SUNY Empire State College, Fluor Corporation, Saratoga Harness, Inc., the Waterford Museum, Albany Institute of History and Art and many other collections.
Contact the gallery for additional information about this work: or 212.570.4696

Thursday, October 22, 2015

In the Studio with Still-Life Painter Sarah Lamb

As part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's current still life exhibition "Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life" artist Sarah Lamb has been featured in this video demonstrating how to create a trompe l'oeil painting.  Several of Sarah Lamb's still life works are also now on exhibit in our "American Realism: Past to Present" exhibition, on view in our New York gallery through November 30.  Have a look!

 In the Studio with Still-Life Painter Sarah Lamb

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

WORK(S) OF THE WEEK: Featuring Andrew & Jamie Wyeth

Cavalier Galleries American Realism Exhibition features two beautiful watercolors by two of America’s most respected and well-known modern traditionalist painters - father and son artists, Andrew and Jamie Wyeth

Andrew WyethWash Basket, 1968
watercolor on paper, 19 3/4 x 14 in.

“Wash Basket”, a serene, but stunning watercolor painted by Andrew Wyeth in 1968, is a quiet masterpiece of light and shadow.  The painting emphasizes the beauty and tranquility of a peaceful laundry day in the country. Depicting the spareness and geometric austerity of a clapboard farmhouse on the Maine coast, the work is set among a group of locales of personal significance to the Wyeth family. The Wyeths began spending summers at Port Clyde in about 1927, and the serene views along this part of Maine’s Atlantic coast have provided subject matter for three generations of Wyeth artists. Wash Basket depicts the shore side of the Shore House at Broad Cove Farm in Cushing, which served as Andrew and Betsy Wyeth's summer house before they eventually moved further out to sea.

Andrew Newell Wyeth (July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009) - the son of famed artist and illustrator N.C. Wyeth, was primarily a realist painter, working predominantly in a regionalist style.  He was one of the best-known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century.  Andrew Wyeth's favorite subjects were the land and people around him, both in his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and at his summer home in Cushing, Maine.  Wyeth noted: "I paint my life." One of the best-known images in 20th-century American art is his painting “Christina’s World” currently in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  “Christina’s World” was painted in 1948, when Andrew Wyeth was just 31 years old.

Jamie WyethSummer House (Zero House),
1970, watercolor on paper, 18 1/8 x 29 1/2 in. 

“Summer House”, a vibrant coastal watercolor painted by Jamie Wyeth in 1970, is much more dramatic – it features the bold and jagged rocks of the coastline against the backdrop of a sea-side house and sky. One of several paintings of Monhegan’s houses that Jamie Wyeth completed in the years after he moved into Rockwell Kent’s old home on the island in 1968, Summer House (Zero House) depicts the summer residence of the actor Zero Mostel. As the artist once noted: “My house paintings, on Monhegan in particular, really are portraits. I mean they're as much portraits of the island as the people are.” Because of Monhegan’s rugged terrain and exposure to the elements, its winter and summer houses possess different attributes, with winter (or year-round) houses able to be shuttered up against the elements, and summer houses built to maximize exposure to the sun and ocean breezes. With its expansive back porch and harbor views, Mostel’s house represents the summer variety, hence the title of this work.

Jamie (James) Wyeth (b. 1946) is the son of artist Andrew Wyeth and the grandson of N.C. Wyeth.  He was raised on his parents' farm "The Mill" in Chadds Ford, PA , much the same way as his father had been brought up and with much of the same influences.  He demonstrated the same remarkable skills in drawing as his father had done at comparable ages.  At age 12, Jamie started studying with his aunt Carolyn Wyeth, a well-known artist in her own right, and resident at that time of the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio – which was filled with the art work and props of his grandfather.  Through his aunt, Jamie developed an interest in working with oil paint.  Carolyn Wyeth and artist/illustrator Howard Pyle were Jamie Wyeth’s greatest early influences in developing his technique in working with oil paint.  While Jamie's work in watercolor was similar to his father's, his colors were more vivid.  At age 19 (about 1965) he traveled to New York City to better study the artistic resources of the city and to learn human anatomy.

Contact the gallery for additional information about these works: or 212.570.4696 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

American Realism: Past to Present - Online Catalog

The Catalog for American Realism: Past to Present is now available online!


On view at Cavalier Galleries' New York location: 3 West 57th Street, 4th Floor from October 15 through November 30.
You can also preview the exhibition on our website: