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Opening Reception — Michael Gallagher: Sketching the Landscape – A Plein Ai...
Sun, April 23, 2017, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Michael Gallagher: Sketching the Landscape – A Plein Air Journal will be on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum from April 21–September 8, 2017; an Opening Reception will take place on Sunday, April 23, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
In his professional life as one of the world’s foremost paintings conservators, Michael Gallagher has worked on masterpieces by such luminaries of European art as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Poussin, Rubens and Velázquez. Calling on specialized knowledge of materials and techniques used by painters at different moments in history, his sensitive interventions have helped recover the artists’ intentions, revealing luminous surfaces and lost details of panel paintings and canvases that had been compromised by damage and obscured by later overpaint and darkened varnish.
In his private moments Gallagher has long sketched and painted landscapes--poetic, evocative and light-dappled scenes of rolling hills, sparkling seasides, rocky outcroppings and moody forests. Done in vastly diverging locales in different continents and hemispheres, at different times of day, and in all four seasons, his plein air watercolors and oil sketches capture a nuanced sense of place, at once changing and immutable, undisturbed by human presence. Discretely observed and inflected by a reticent silence, these ruminations on the landscape in its myriad manifestations form a journal of visual responses, chronicled over time.
Featuring over forty watercolors and oil sketches, this exhibition will explore the landscape works that Gallagher has created over many years in different sites around North America, Europe and elsewhere.
Generous support of the exhibition is provided by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation.