NABI GALLERY, 137 West 25th Street, New York, N.Y. 10001

Realms of Imagination

          Three diverse and original talents are featured in the Nabi Gallery next exhibit From the Dreaming World, on view from March 15 to May 5, 2007. The show introduces two new artists, Elsie Taliaferro Hill and Kevin Kinkead, who join longtime Nabi exhibitor Younghee Choi Martin.

Younghee Choi Martin, Arcadia, oil on linen, 47x54, 2006
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          The art of Younghee Choi Martin is a distinctive mix of classical and modern, employing a semi-abstract style to express tragic and heroic themes. Affirming that “painting is silent poetry,” she draws inspiration from works of classical literature such as the Oresteia of Aeschylus and Virgil's Aeneid. Educated at the Rhode Island School of Design and in Rome, and the recipient of numerous honors, she has had 18 solo shows and over 50 group exhibitions in New York and throughout the United States, as well as in France, Italy, Japan, and Korea. A book of her images published in connection with a solo show at the Nabi in 2004, Into Something Rich and Strange, is available at the gallery.

Elsie Taliaferro Hill, Tug Boats and Push Boats, oil on canvas, 48x48, 2006
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          Elsie Taliaferro Hill's world is a dreamlike place where colorful boats and insouciant pelicans, each seemingly invested with personality, bob and glide between huge churning waves, serene amid the turmoil. She last showed in the MFA Thesis Exhibition at the Columbia University School of the Arts, from which she graduated last spring, having previously exhibited at various art spaces in New York and in her home town of Savannah, Georgia, where she had a thriving career as a portrait painter. Like Ms. Martin, she is also a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Kevin Kinkead, Woman With Broom, gouache and pencil on paper, 10x11, 2006

          Kevin Kinkead's subjects, he says, "are daydreams, or night dreams, or something that pops into your head while you're waiting for a bus." But these dream spaces follow a sparer, flatter geometry reminiscent of Roman wall painting, and their angular rhythms convey a mood that is by turns humorous and dangerously intent. He shares with Ms. Martin an admiration for the paintings of Balthus. Educated at the Swain School of Design and at Yale, he has had a number of shows in the New England and New York areas and was a visiting artist at Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy.

More Younghee Choi Martin Paintings

Previous Younghee Choi Martin Show

Younghee Choi Martin Landscapes

More Elsie Taliaferro Hill Paintings

Elsie Taliaferro Hills's Web Site

More Kevin Kinkead Images


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