Braitman landscapes at Carlton Gallery
Carlton Gallery continues its 30th anniversary celebration and Summer Group Exhibition with Andrew Braitman’s exhibit, “Color Your Life with Art,” and artist reception on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 5 p.m.
This exhibition is also a feature of Saturday’s Avery Tour de Art.
Braitman is a prominent artist with a national reputation. He was chosen by former First Lady Nancy Reagan as one of America’s leading artists and has the satisfaction of seeing his work on display in the Smithsonian Institute.
Born in Casper, Wyo., Braitman earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland. It was at the university where he discovered his true passion for art. Braitman enrolled in every drawing, painting, sculpture and lithography class offered by the university, along with physics to study light and anatomy and physiology courses in the nursing school to learn the human body.
An avid fly fisherman, Braitman learned to study the out of doors while fishing. His landscape paintings range from rural scenes of forests, streams and barns to stone bridges and cottages found in his European painting forays. His paintings are almost abstract except for a few strokes that hint of a familiar image and reflect his brilliant use of color and composition.
Braitman’s art can be found in many public and private collections. His paintings have been featured in galleries, one-man and group shows in Santa Fe, N.M.; Chicago, Ill.; Atlanta, Ga.; Millburn, N.J.; Washington, D.C.; Noorbeck, Holland; Rio de Janiero and Curitiba, Brazil.
His most recent work, which will be on exhibit at Carlton, focuses on the relationship of texture and color combined with lost edges that speak more to his earlier abstraction than they do to his later reality.
“The last thing I do, before I finish a piece,” Braitman said, “is turn all the lights out in the studio and leave one small light burning — just enough light to see the darks, grays and lights of the painting and none of the color. I try to load as much color as I can into a painting and still have it read as almost photorealistic in the low light. I envision a patron calling his or her partner over at night to see their new painting just before bed. I want them to stare at their new painting with an intimate appreciation. No one else but them and me will see the painting this way. It should blow them away.”
Carlton Gallery’s 30th anniversary celebration and Summer Group Exhibition continues through Sept. 15, and Egi Antonaccio’s landscape exhibition continues through Aug. 22. “Color Your Life with Art” runs through Sept. 19.
The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community. For more information on artists, exhibitions or workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit http://www.carltonartgallery.com.
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