Portrait of a Landscape | New Paintings
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 13, 6 – 8pm
Exhibit runs: June 13 – July 14, 2019
Ecce Gallery is thrilled to welcome a new series of paintings by regionally-recognized artist Jay Pfeifer. This will be the artist’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery.
The art of Jay Pfeifer is defined more by his material and his long familiarity with them than by any preconceived themes or designs. His methods provide a protean means of addressing the scene; a combination of varying-sized strokes may suggest a distant fenceline or, at second glance, an enormous grid of cropland as seen from the air; a stroke of rust brown — a dry creekbed, an autumn thicket, or the bright star of the evening sky with lights in the distance, or passerbyers in the luminous city streets.
Pfeifer instills in his paintings an economy of statement and purpose,
the golden mean of the accomplished artist. There is depth and warmth here, and stirring of light and stars of north dakota vastness, of slightly remembered ideals, as if these primal utterances and earthen tones might portend the presence of some broader landscape, the shared memory of some larger world.