Paintings Celebrate the Human Condition at Saint Joseph's Gallery
Thursday, August 21, 2008
PHILADELPHIA (August 21, 2008)—Award-winning painter Brian Kreydatus opens the first exhibit of the new school year at Saint Joseph's University Gallery. Entitled "Recent Work," the exhibit runs from Sept. 3 to Sept. 26. The artist's reception will be held Friday, Sept. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.
In his work, Kreydatus portrays human beings at their most real, seeking the polar opposite of heroic idealization found throughout art history, from the Greeks' Apollo to modern day advertisements.
"I am a recorder of the human figure, or more accurately, the human condition," said Kreydatus. "I am obsessed with the skin's meaty physicality, its vulnerability, and how these poignantly beautiful imperfections challenge and refute accepted canons of beauty."
"Kreydatus deftly captures the human figure," said Jeanne Bracy, associate gallery director. "He uses both warm and cool colors to capture the depth of his subject's fleshiness, and his varied brush strokes help create the undulations of the human form. At the same time, his oil portraits are uncomfortably realistic. He places his subjects in seated positions where they should be at ease, but their perturbed facial expressions suggest their inner experience is otherwise."
Citing Rembrandt, Courbet and The London School of Painters as his artist lineage, Kreydatus works primarily on two bodies of prints and paintings: observational figures and portraits, and works that are narrative in content.
"In my purely observational works, I want to make the familiar unfamiliar through the intense scrutiny of looking. I want my narrative works to have the heightened intensity of a fever dream. Each approach strengthens and nourishes the other," said Kreydatus.
Kreydatus is an associate professor of drawing and printmaking at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and has taught and lectured at Haverford College, Lehigh University, The Washington Studio School and the University of Pennsylvania. He has held artist residencies in Paris, France; Dublin, Ireland; and Amherst, Va., and has won numerous international and national juried exhibitions. Kreydatus received his M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
The Saint Joseph's University Gallery is located in Boland Hall on Lapsley Lane, off of City Avenue between 54th Street & Cardinal Avenue in Lower Merion. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 610-660-1840, or access http://www.sju.edu/gallery.