The first solo art show of painter Evan Samuelson of Beacon is running from July 9th through September 18th at Grit Works Gallery located at 115 Broadway in Newburgh.
The show, titled “Primordial Substance”, is a collection of 15 oil paintings. Depictions of the human form or expressive floral displays appear on oversized canvas or wood panels, with sizes such as 38”x 50” and an impressive 66”x 102”.
Considering his own work as generally in the surreal minimalist style, Samuelson also says “working larger has always felt natural. I like that the preliminary lines and strokes utilize more of a full body motion. It can also be viewed from further away and seems to create an immersive experience for the viewer”.
The artist’s statement about this show: “My work expresses emotionally charged forms from an altered perspective. Implicit to that is the desire to foster a deeper awareness of what it is that truly connects us. Playing with repetition, shape, and tone I hope to blur the boundaries which have been taught and accepted. Working towards an association with, and acceptance of, the underlying oneness of being.”
Regarding his development as an artist, Samuelson says: “Art has provided a means of enhanced self-awareness and self-preservation. It was manifesting through trauma and internal struggle. As I began to venture into readings which dissected these topics a love of philosophy and psychology began to take shape. I have been developing and applying these concepts to my paintings ever since. The idea of a deeper connection and mode of being is all encompassing and drives me to learn more every day. Accepting that all of these things are not necessarily gained but already exist within is so beautiful. The love and absolute beauty that resonates at our most deepest levels. The parts of being that feel just as they should.”
Samuelson, who grew up on the South Shore of Long Island, has lived in Beacon for the last 6 years. In that time, he has shown paintings at Catalyst Gallery-Beacon, BAU Gallery-Beacon, and Hudson Beach Glass Art Gallery-Beacon.
Grit Works is an art gallery/coworking space located at 115 Broadway in Newburgh. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 pm or by appointment. For a private showing of the gallery contact David Lionheart, curator at email@example.com or (845)565-0704. On street parking is available. There are galleries and restaurants within walking distance. Other inquiries can be sent to Eric Jarmann (845)565-0700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.