"The Sepia Show" New Works by Anthony Purcell
"The Sepia Show" opens Saturday, December 1st, 2012 and runs through Saturday, December 29th, 2012 at The Gallery 4 (206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412-363-5050). The opening reception will take place Saturday, December 1st, 2012 from 7-11PM and will be opened to the general public with complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1- 8PM .
The Gallery 4 is pleased to welcome back Anthony Purcell. "The Sepia Show" will be Anthony's third exhibition at The Gallery 4. Following two very successful and remarkable shows ("Magic Animals" in 2010 & "Wunderball" in 2011), Purcell has only gained impetus in the preceding year. The neighborhood of Braddock has sought his employ for a number of public art and mural projects for the beautification of the town. In July 2012, Anthony was selected as a Jury Winner for "Laluzapalooza", an annual showcase for emerging talent at the groundbreaking lowbrow art gallery La Luz de Jesus in Hollywood, CA. Purcells's phenomenal skills were warmly received and Laluzapalooza served as a preview for what would become "The Sepia Show." The series features portraits of historical figures from the Victorian era (Carnegie, Ford and Sarah Bernhardt are among the subjects) rendered admidst grandiloquent backdrops and embellished with surrealistic ambience. All paintings are rendered in rich, warm sepia tones - as photographs and mementos which have aged, but cannot be forgotten. Purcell returns to give the viewer another delicious bite of what he is best known for: delicate use of pattern, precise detail, and a mastery of form and figure.
Purcell, with a flourish:
"'The Sepia Show' presents a culmination of an enduring artistic exploits into an industrial yesteryear. This series of portraits endeavors in the glamour of old, informed by the appearance of aged photography prints. The subjects of the paintings, whether infamous or anonymous in their time, are portrayed amidst a suspension of surreal, absurd, and realistic elements whilst symbolic motifs recur throughout series. As per Victorian decree that one 'leave no space unfilled,' the crisply detailed wallpaper patterns which adorn each painted room, embody the lauded virtue of a life which is busied, yet orderly. In ornate and formal couture, these figures pose for their moment of preservation, staring eternally through yellowing years to a mechanized modernity. These pieces, the words for which are a lesser currency than the visual delights to be obtained from their viewing, await you!"
The Gallery 4 is committed to redefining the nature of a conventional gallery. We feature works from a variety of national artists and local talent. We also carry a variety of limited edition toys and clothing. Fine art should be within the reach of everyone, and at The Gallery 4 we are making this a reality.
Select Images from The Sepia Show: