Cafes and Cadillacsfeaturing: Richard Harrington and Alla Podolsky
This show runs from August 6, 2015 until September 6, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 4-8pm
Artists Richard Harrington and Alla Podolsky and are pleased to announce the opening of their joint show, "Cafes and Cadillacs", on Thursday, August 6th, at the Artists' Gallery, 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ. The exhibit, which runs through September 6th, features watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings by the two artists. A reception with the artists will be held on Saturday, August 8th, from 4 to 8 pm.
"Cafes and Cadillacs" refers to the subject matter that Podolsky and Harrington feature in their respective works.
A native of Kiev, Ukraine, Alla Podolsky creates work that can seem dreamlike. "I trace my love of psychological and narrative painting to the Byzantine-style iconography that is so prominent in that city." She remarked on the fact that living in a different country is part of the reason she keeps reaching for connections and depicting a sense of belonging in her work. "Cafes, bookstores, cobblestone streets, nooks, staircases to somewhere interesting. Safe spaces. It's what I paint." Said Ms Podolsky. "Safe not because they don't push my boundaries, but because these are places that make me happy, make me excited, make me feel alternately at home or on an adventure. I am safe to explore there, and, in return, I keep them safe in my memory. So I can revisit, reinterpret, reexamine. Reconnect. Ultimately, finding connections and sharing their warmth is why I paint."
Richard Harrington, from Newtown PA, finds inspiration for his work in the mid-20th Century finned and chromed creations from American auto makers." I have always been fascinated by vehicles" he said. "When I look at a particular car or truck, I find myself wanting to know more about it; Who owns it? What made them purchase it? When and where was it manufactured? What were the individuals like on the assembly line that put the vehicle together? I enjoy meeting the owners, and learning the stories and histories of the vehicles I paint and draw".
Podolsky and Harrington have both been long time members of the Artists' Gallery in Lambertville, and they have had a lot of opportunities to see each other's work hanging side by side. "I was looking at our work together" said Harrington." As different as our work is, I realized that our subjects actually parallel one another, in that my work reflects American culture, while Alla's work communicates a very European sensibility."
Alla Podolsky received formal art training as a child in the Ukraine, and continued her art education in the United States, at Moore College of Art and Design. She graduated in 1995 with Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. She received a Master's Degree in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1999. At present, she continues to paint and develop her voice as an artist.
Richard Harrington has worked as an illustrator for over 30 years, and is an Associate Professor of Illustration at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. His training and practice also is evident in the work he creates." I always work from photographs; my scenes are often precise, and since my subject matter often involves specific vehicles in these scenes, I strive to make them very accurate." said Harrington. "Viewers who know those specific models will notice small details, and I try to be conscious of that as I create these paintings".