POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- The Pound Ridge-based Lionheart Gallery is debuting the artwork of Bedford-and-Manhattan-based artist Whit Conrad in an exhibit called "Art by Whit," featuring a breakout collection of satirical painted commentaries beginning Saturday.
There will be an opportunity to meet Conrad at an opening reception from 5-8 p.m.
Combining acrylic ink and acrylics on linen or oil on linen, selected works for his solo exhibition will include his "Comanche Dinner" series, his goat family paintings, "Fish for Sale" and other colorful odes to fishing, as well as his tongue-in-cheek perspectives on real life scenes from "The Pink Lady," "Morning After," "Bad Week," "Puttin' on a Face," "The Gardener," "At the Ball" and more that play out in multi-meaning stories on his large canvases.
“I try to capture the poetry and mystery in what I see,” said Conrad. “My paintings are all conceived by an image that strikes me as powerful or interesting in one sense or another. The image triggers an inquiry — often emotional, often playful — into elements of form, color and narrative."
“I normally begin with the visual world: a pictorial idea. This can be something I have seen and perhaps sketched or photographed, or drawn from my collection of family photos, books and newspapers: the richly landscaped archives of memory.
"Whatever its origin, the image becomes my companion in the journey through my imagination and the demands of the medium. Together we evolve, complicate, suffer, celebrate, transform. Without a map and without direction, we are free to wander recklessly. Eventually, the painting itself takes over as guide, steering us toward some unexpected destination.”
For more information, visit www.thelionheartgallery.com or call 914-764-8689.