Figurative Interpretations
On view: Saturday, February 24 - Saturday, March 17, 2018
Reception: Saturday, February 24, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Curator's Talk: Saturday, March 17, 12:30 pm

Jill Parry, figurative painter and Rye Arts Center instructor, has curated a group exhibition of artists who have been painting together from the model for over a twenty year period. The work shows the diversity of styles that have developed through this interaction.


Paula Blumenfeld
Sally Cory
Arlene Epstein
Harriet Goldberg
Jill Parry
Berenice Pliskin
Jeannie Ritter
Fran Zimbard


Curator's Statement
There is a renewed interest in figurative and portrait painting especially since the unveiling of the Obama portraits. This interest, it has been suggested, is an urge to be grounded in these turbulent times and the need to work with an observable human reality. In the age of the selfie, a painting crafted over a period of time takes on a new poignancy.

This group of artists work directly from a model. They respond through their own individual style to interpret the pose, mood, and personality of the model. The intention is not just to record a likeness but to express the essence of the feeling. Their challenge is to create their own interpretation of what they see using the language of paint. 

The model takes a single pose over three consecutive sittings to give the artists time to create the large-scale paintings. Artists paint in oils or acrylic on canvas and some introduce their own backgrounds putting the model into a place which then creates a narrative.

I wanted to create this exhibition to show you this strong and powerful work that has been produced by this body of women artists!

Hope you enjoy the show!

Jill Parry