The Library is fortunate to have partnerships with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, which provides our Gallery, and the Summit Public Art Committee, which provides the Art on the Lawn. Please click below for more information on the latest exhibitions.
The current exhibition in the Gallery is,A Marriage of Realism and Abstraction: The Landscape Art of William A. Davies, February 1 through March 31, 2018. The artist says of his work:
As in a good marriage, two individuals combine their experience, skills, talents, and beliefs while maintaining their separate personalities. My approach in working with both realism and abstraction is similar. In realistic works, objects are shown as they would appear to any viewer, allowing the artist to develop a narrative theme. In abstraction, objects are altered in shape, form, color, size, etc., to make them elements of a design more than representations of real things.
In my colored pencil drawings, I tend to use a literal approach, emphasizing detail, naturalistic color and a sense of depth. Some elements may be slightly altered, but only to create a stronger “sense of place”. This approach facilitates an impression of a scene, like an image you might recall from memory. In my paintings, the much larger format allows greater freedom and the chance to experiment. Details are simplified, colors altered for effect, and objects left out or added in: all to make the composition more interesting. My recent paintings show a “close up” or very small part of a natural location, almost a “micro landscape”. Objects lose a good part of their “reality” to become shapes, colors, patterns, and forms in an intricate design.
In my twenty five years teaching studio art, history, and aesthetics, I have learned many things, and learned most of what I know about art-making from my students. My studies of art history and aesthetics have shown me virtually unlimited ways and means of expression for a visual artist. And in teaching studio arts I’ve realized that the essentials for the creation of good art are craftsmanship, sense of design, and most important of all, strong drawing skills.
William A. Davies
Tapestry in Leaves, Water and Mud. 2017. Acrylic on gallery canvas.