Judith Wyer’s new exhibit of oil paintings, Presence, will be on display at the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village from June 16 through July 15. The exhibit features a selection of the artist’s figurative and still life paintings ranging throughout her career.
Judith Wyer, a North Canaan resident, has referred to the act of painting as “extending and relishing the momentary.” This is an apt description of the work in Presence. Ms. Wyer’s figurative paintings are inhabited by people quiet, pensive and held in place by circumstance and commitment: commuting on a train or waiting for one; museum gallery security standing still as a posing model; universal experiences of claiming private space in public places, everyone solitary, even in groups.
Balanced with the figurative canvases are equally quiet still lifes of flowers, ceramics, and glass. All of Ms. Wyer’s paintings have themes in common—neutral tones and soft, sinewy lines, often set off with a vibrant burst of color, a red or purple belonging to a flower or a central figure’s clothing. Describing the paintings, the artist said, “Presence is interaction where one form defines and demarcates the other, be it still life or figurative. The idea is to find balance and harmony in such interdependence thereby creating a quiet dynamic.”
Judith Wyer studied at several institutions in New York including Brooklyn College, the Art Students League, National Academy of Design, and School of Visual Arts. She studied with Jacob Lawrence who was an early and lasting influence on the artist. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times and she exhibits regularly.
David M. Hunt Library
63 Main Street