The Mayor’s Gallery presents The Enjoyable Landscape: Paintings by Robert Selkowitz
Art inspired by scenes that evoke a sense of beauty
March 1 – April 28, 2022
Reception: Thursday March 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The enjoyment of landscapes employs the mind without fatigue and yet exercises it, calms and yet animates it; and so, by the influence of the mind on the body, gives the effect of a refreshing rest and an invigoration of the whole system.
Frederick Law Olmstead, landscape architect and creator of Central Park
I work from nature and paint what I consider to be a figurative landscape artist. My vision unfolds through the perception of my senses, my heart and my soul. I seek beauty and I celebrate it. In healthcare settings, a landscape view, especially with a water feature, is therapeutic, relieving stress and pain. This is the effect described by Olmstead and it is a natural response for human beings in our natural world.
When I find a scene that awakens my sense of Beauty, I look for a composition that could be translated into painting. In this I experience what Andrew Jackson Downing, writing in 1850, described in his definition of beauty as the deep and thrilling satisfaction we experience in beholding the outward works of God… It is an adoration, by the heart, of a higher perfection manifested in material form.
Finding scenes that inspire this sense of Beauty and seeing compositions that would make a painting led me to create the works for this exhibition. These are all paintings of real places.
Robert Selkowitz was born and raised in Stamford and Fairfield County and was influenced by the natural environment of Long Island Sound. He began painting landscapes as an undergraduate at Cornell University and eventually earned an MFA in painting from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. An interest in Victorian architecture through porch and veranda designs led to numerous paintings and publications in magazines, posters, maps and calendars. The works embodied rest and relaxation and found a response in many healthcare facilities, homes and offices.
To learn more about Robert’s work, visit: robertselkowitz.com
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