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Paintings from Isolation

Alexandre Gallery is pleased to re-open for the fall with a group exhibition of new works by five gallery artists created during recent Covid isolation. This exhibition is presented at the gallery with an expanded version presented online.

Stephen Westfall  Tom Uttech  Lois Dodd  Brett Bigbee  John Walker

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Stephen Westfall in his studio, August 2020

Stephen Westfall in his studio, August 2020

Stephen Westfall

In a series of new, brightly colored and deeply saturated gouaches Stephen Westfall continues his exploration of a simplified geometric space and various pictorial possibilities of his own identifiable abstraction.  In some the picture plane bends to create the effect of leaning into a room rather than opening up an illusionistic space.  In others a central “figure’ emerges from the intersection of broad, irregular saw-toothed planes.  Landscapes are sometimes suggested such as a chain of ponds, an opening of canyon walls or a sequence of land parcels in arial perspective.  Overall the feeling in these new paintings is joyous and intense.

Stephen Westfall Press

Using simple means to engage daunting complexities, Westfall charts a fine course between a concept-based abstraction akin to semiotics and an intuitive, phenomenological approach rooted in the experiences of the body. The gouaches build on color’s mass tones, an opacity that is characteristic of this watercolor medium, but do so without sacrificing the reflective undertone of the white paper. They combine the polish and resolution of a finished painting with the immediacy and transparency of a sketch, and satisfy at once our desire for completion and our longing for discovery.

George Lawson

 

Tom Uttech in his studio, August 2020

Tom Uttech in his studio, August 2020

Tom Uttech

During our recent Covid isolation Tom Uttech has continued his studio practice of creating richly imagined depictions of the Northwoods based on his long, extended sojourns in it over many years.  Uttech’s new paintings are now divided roughly into three primary motifs – “migrations” in which the landscapes are inhabited with dense arrangements of flying birds; “reflections” in which complex details of forest patterns are reflected in water; and the long panoramic view toward a distant horizon, often with a bear looking out with the viewer to a place described by the critic Lucy Lippard where “the scrubby natural grandeur and spiritual power of this place is transmitted with extraordinary detail that transcends ordinary experience.”

Tom Uttech Press

At root, Uttech aims to inspire his viewers to immerse themselves in nature. “Paintings can be a way to show how wonderful things can be,” he says. “Maybe [they] will make people interested in the environment and then grow to love it. That can lead to knowledge and then concern.

Uttech’s paintings encourage viewers to approach both the world depicted and the world beyond the gallery or city with a new awareness of nature’s voice. “A marsh isn’t still at all. It’s an absolute cacophony of noise and activity. Frogs are croaking, yellow rails are ticking, geese are honking, all under moonlight with fog and stuff,” Uttech reminds us.

Robert Cozzolino

 

Lois Dodd in her studio, August 2020

Lois Dodd in her studio, August 2020

Lois Dodd

With Covid Lois Dodd made her annual move from New York to her already relatively isolated Mid-Coast Maine studio where she began work on two new series of small oil on aluminum paintings – her flashings.  Dodd’s subject has been divided about equally between figurative and botanical subjects.  The former are based on earlier drawings from once regular weekly life-drawing sessions with friends – the group has now disbanded.  The latter plants and flowers are brought from the yard and garden into the studio.

Lois Dodd Press

In fact, her littlest paintings are at once Dodd’s most distilled and visionary works.

Even more than elsewhere, in her Flashings Dodd eschews extraneous detail, focusing on shape or pattern and transforming local color into approximations that overtake mere description.

Though quick and concrete, her Flashings offer respite from an accelerated and increasingly ungraspable world, in which the certitude of nature feels increasingly threatened.

Faye Hirsch

Brett Bigbee studio view, August 2020

Brett Bigbee studio view, August 2020

Brett Bigbee

For almost thirty years Brett Bigbee has been known for his unique magic precisionist realism that shared qualities with both European Renaissance masters and American folk art.  During Covid Bigbee has continued to explore personal and intimate surrealist portrayals of his own emotional landscape through more symbolic and metaphoric compositions, which he began about two years ago.  The external world has become internal.

Brett Bigbee Press

Bigbee’s iconography is not always apparent but multifaceted, layered with personal as well as larger meanings.

Bigbee proves that art of introspection can be both placid and provocative, classic and contemporary in equal measure.

Sylvia Yount

John Walker in his studio, August 2020

John Walker in his studio, August 2020

John Walker

John Walker’s engagement with the power, rhythms and cycles of the natural world as he experiences and observes it on the New England coast has given way more recently to more patterned, solid and brightly colored semi-abstract compositions that continue to be characterized with the deep emotional and physical connection to his subject that has always characterized his work.  Walker continues to paint his signature vertical canvases, which, harking back to earlier work, include more canvas-collaged elements.  He has also been engaged in suites of more modestly sized works on paper.

John Walker Press

“John Walker’s recent paintings are about a compression of energy, forms and patterns locked into one another. There is an urgency in his most recent paintings, a directness that is about the relationship between a person and a place, and the impulse to record that relationship through mark making.

We don’t read Walker’s paintings; rather, the elements are communicated viscerally.

The pictorial symbols and patterns and marks are not about the momentary; they are about holding onto something. They transcend personal identity and private tragedy into something universally understood.”

Jennifer Samet

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Brett Bigbee, A Desire for Grace, 2019-2020, oil on linen, 7 x 5 inches, Sold

Brett Bigbee, A Desire for Grace, 2019-2020, oil on linen, 7 x 5 inches

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Brett Bigbee, Study for A Desire for Grace, 2020, graphite on paper, 7 x 4 5/8 inches, Sold

Brett Bigbee, Study for A Desire for Grace, 2020, graphite on paper, 7 x 4 5/8 inches

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Lois Dodd, Peony, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches, Sold

Lois Dodd, Peony, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Striped Clover Leaf, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches, Sold

Lois Dodd, Striped Clover Leaf, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Scabiosa, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Scabiosa, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Scabiosa with Two (Horns), 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Scabiosa with Two (Horns), 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Queen of the Prarie I, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Queen of the Prarie I, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Standing Nude (Back), 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Standing Nude (Back), 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Nude Hands on Hips, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Nude Hands on Hips, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Standing Figure with Clothesline, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Standing Figure with Clothesline, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Nude Leaning Back - Blue Sky, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Nude Leaning Back - Blue Sky, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Rhubarb Flower, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Rhubarb Flower, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Red + Green Clover Leaf, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Red + Green Clover Leaf, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Nude Arms Raised with Clouds, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Nude Arms Raised with Clouds, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Dried Flower Head, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Dried Flower Head, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Nude in Driveway to Barn, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Nude in Driveway to Barn, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Standing Nude with Treeline, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Standing Nude with Treeline, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Lois Dodd, Nude Seated on Grass, Head on Arms, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Nude Seated on Grass, Head on Arms, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Treasure, 2019, oil and alkyd on canvas, 31 x 31 inches

Stephen Westfall, Treasure, 2019, oil and alkyd on canvas, 31 x 31 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Oaxaca, 2016-2019, gouache on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 inches

Stephen Westfall, Oaxaca, 2016-2019, gouache on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Samba, 2016-2019, gouache on paper, 16 x 10 inches

Stephen Westfall, Samba, 2016-2019, gouache on paper, 16 x 10 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Reclining Harlequin, 2019, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Stephen Westfall, Reclining Harlequin, 2019, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Light Web, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 11 inches

Stephen Westfall, Light Web, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 11 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Unfolding I, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Stephen Westfall, Unfolding I, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Vale II, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Stephen Westfall, Vale II, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Vale I, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Stephen Westfall, Vale I, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Charmed, 2020, gouache on paper, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Stephen Westfall, Charmed, 2020, gouache on paper, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Lift, 2020, gouache on paper, 16 x 12 inches

Stephen Westfall, Lift, 2020, gouache on paper, 16 x 12 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Northern Blvd, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 inches

Stephen Westfall, Northern Blvd, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Front, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 inches

Stephen Westfall, Front, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Concorde, 2020, gouache on paper, 16 x 12 inches

Stephen Westfall, Concorde, 2020, gouache on paper, 16 x 12 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Landscape, 2020, gouache on paper, 16 x 12 inches

Stephen Westfall, Landscape, 2020, gouache on paper, 16 x 12 inches

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Stephen Westfall, Embracing Diamonds, 2020, gouache on paper, 14 x 10 inches, Sold

Stephen Westfall, Embracing Diamonds, 2020, gouache on paper, 14 x 10 inches

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Tom Uttech, Nin Nomageb, 2020, oil on linen, 46 3/4 x 50 3/4 inches with artist’s hand painted frame

Tom Uttech, Nin Nomageb, 2020, oil on linen, 46 3/4 x 50 3/4 inches with artist’s hand painted frame

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Brett Bigbee, A Desire for Grace, 2019-2020, oil on linen, 7 x 5 inches, Sold

Brett Bigbee, A Desire for Grace, 2019-2020, oil on linen, 7 x 5 inches

Sold

Brett Bigbee, Study for A Desire for Grace, 2020, graphite on paper, 7 x 4 5/8 inches, Sold

Brett Bigbee, Study for A Desire for Grace, 2020, graphite on paper, 7 x 4 5/8 inches

Sold

Lois Dodd, Peony, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches, Sold

Lois Dodd, Peony, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Sold

Lois Dodd, Striped Clover Leaf, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches, Sold

Lois Dodd, Striped Clover Leaf, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Sold

Lois Dodd, Scabiosa, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Scabiosa, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Available

Lois Dodd, Scabiosa with Two (Horns), 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Scabiosa with Two (Horns), 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Available

Lois Dodd, Queen of the Prarie I, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Queen of the Prarie I, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Available

Lois Dodd, Standing Nude (Back), 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Standing Nude (Back), 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Available

Lois Dodd, Nude Hands on Hips, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Nude Hands on Hips, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Available

Lois Dodd, Standing Figure with Clothesline, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Standing Figure with Clothesline, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Available

Lois Dodd, Nude Leaning Back - Blue Sky, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Nude Leaning Back - Blue Sky, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Available

Lois Dodd, Rhubarb Flower, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Rhubarb Flower, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Available

Lois Dodd, Red + Green Clover Leaf, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Red + Green Clover Leaf, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Available

Lois Dodd, Nude Arms Raised with Clouds, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Nude Arms Raised with Clouds, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Available

Lois Dodd, Dried Flower Head, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Dried Flower Head, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Available

Lois Dodd, Nude in Driveway to Barn, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Nude in Driveway to Barn, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Available

Lois Dodd, Standing Nude with Treeline, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Standing Nude with Treeline, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Available

Lois Dodd, Nude Seated on Grass, Head on Arms, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Lois Dodd, Nude Seated on Grass, Head on Arms, 2020, oil on aluminum flashing, 7 x 5 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Treasure, 2019, oil and alkyd on canvas, 31 x 31 inches

Stephen Westfall, Treasure, 2019, oil and alkyd on canvas, 31 x 31 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Oaxaca, 2016-2019, gouache on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 inches

Stephen Westfall, Oaxaca, 2016-2019, gouache on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Samba, 2016-2019, gouache on paper, 16 x 10 inches

Stephen Westfall, Samba, 2016-2019, gouache on paper, 16 x 10 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Reclining Harlequin, 2019, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Stephen Westfall, Reclining Harlequin, 2019, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Light Web, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 11 inches

Stephen Westfall, Light Web, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 11 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Unfolding I, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Stephen Westfall, Unfolding I, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Vale II, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Stephen Westfall, Vale II, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Vale I, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Stephen Westfall, Vale I, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Charmed, 2020, gouache on paper, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Stephen Westfall, Charmed, 2020, gouache on paper, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Lift, 2020, gouache on paper, 16 x 12 inches

Stephen Westfall, Lift, 2020, gouache on paper, 16 x 12 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Northern Blvd, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 inches

Stephen Westfall, Northern Blvd, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Front, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 inches

Stephen Westfall, Front, 2020, gouache on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Concorde, 2020, gouache on paper, 16 x 12 inches

Stephen Westfall, Concorde, 2020, gouache on paper, 16 x 12 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Landscape, 2020, gouache on paper, 16 x 12 inches

Stephen Westfall, Landscape, 2020, gouache on paper, 16 x 12 inches

Available

Stephen Westfall, Embracing Diamonds, 2020, gouache on paper, 14 x 10 inches, Sold

Stephen Westfall, Embracing Diamonds, 2020, gouache on paper, 14 x 10 inches

Sold

Tom Uttech, Nin Nomageb, 2020, oil on linen, 46 3/4 x 50 3/4 inches with artist’s hand painted frame

Tom Uttech, Nin Nomageb, 2020, oil on linen, 46 3/4 x 50 3/4 inches with artist’s hand painted frame

Available