New York, NY, December 10, 2015 – The Curator Gallery is excited to announce the lineup for its second annual Artists of the Year exhibition, a group show featuring the gallery’s ten most popular artists of 2015. Those artists are Steven Alexander, Bill Hall, Nancy Hubbard, Kacper Kowalski, Jean Luc Le Balp, Alexandra Penney, Lisa Pressman, Jonathan Smith, Don Voisine and Mark Wethli.
Gallery founder and former Chairman and CEO of Time Inc., Ann Moore developed the show with a nod to her years in the magazine business. “We’d often put together special issues packed with the very best stories of the year,” says Moore. “This exhibition follows that model – these are our stars of 2015 and we’re excited to put them in the gallery all at once.”
Steven Alexander first showed at the gallery during the February 2015 exhibition, Some Assembly Required. His geometric abstract paintings boast iconic configurations, luminous color and sensuous surfaces. They are contemplative yet shimmering meditations on color, light, and the nuances of paint application.
Bill Hall made his debut at The Curator Gallery in 2014 and returned in 2015’s print exhibition. As the former master printer and studio director at Pace Editions, Hall collaborated with a host of acclaimed painters and sculptors including Jim Dine and Chuck Close.
Nancy Hubbard has appeared at The Curator Gallery as both an artist and curator. Her work – abstract landscape paintings that blend old world processes with contemporary methods and materials – was first exhibited at the gallery in 2014 and continues to attract new collectors. In 2015 she served as curator for 180º - Encaustic in Contemporary Art.
Kacper Kowalski is a Polish photographer who made his US debut at The Curator Gallery in April with Above & Beyond: Photographs by Kacper Kowalski. Capturing aerial images from his self-piloted gyrocopter, Kowalski’s documentary photographs offer a seldom seen perspective, resulting in stunning abstract images.
Jean Luc Le Balp is a printmaker from Brittany, France who has consistently been one of the gallery’s most popular artists since his debut at the 2014 print exhibition. His work was highlighted again in 2015’s print show. His newest series, “High Line,” is inspired by his time in New York at The Curator Gallery.
Alexandra Penney is a photographer whose 2015 solo show, Fractured Botanicals, featured Penney’s vibrant, colorful close-ups of flowers and oversized melancholy black and white swamp scenes. Seemingly unrelated at first glance, they both explore the ephemeral nature of life.
Lisa Pressman was introduced to The Curator Gallery audience during July’s 180º: Encaustic in Contemporary Art exhibition. Her paintings incorporate oils, collage, wax and other mixed media to create works that draw from the place of “not knowing” and exploration.
Jonathan Smith is a photographer whose abstract photos of Iceland were first seen at The Curator Gallery in a 2014 solo show, Streams, followed by a group show Away We Go. Work from Smith’s series, Rivers, appeared at the gallery earlier this year. Smith is currently shooting the glaciers of Patagonia with plans to debut the work at Artists of the Year.
Don Voisine has become recognized as a leading voice in contemporary abstract painting. His work is unmistakable for its signature elements – glossy or matte black geometric shapes over a white background, suspended between mirrored bands of seductive color. His work appeared at the gallery earlier this year in the group show, Some Assembly Required.
Mark Wethli has appeared at The Curator Gallery as an artist and curator. He conceived and executed 2015’s highly successful Some Assembly Required and exhibits his own geometric abstract work at the gallery.
The Curator Gallery is a fine art gallery in Chelsea that collaborates with notable guest curators for each exhibition. Founded and underwritten by Ann S. Moore, the retired Chairman and CEO of Time Inc., the gallery’s mission is to bring exposure to hardworking artists, as well as to educate and expand the pool of engaged, serious collectors.
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