The Washington Art Association & Gallery is thrilled to announce “Ruth Miller and Andrew Forge,” a comprehensive exhibition bringing together paintings and drawings from their widely acclaimed careers.
Ruth Miller, a painter of still life and landscape, lives and works in Washington Depot. Although working occasionally from memory, the artist paints mostly from observation. For her no two cabbages, no two pitchers are alike; each object has its unique and formal presence, with attention paid to the way forms press against each other and shape the space around them.
Through her keenly observed drawing and sensuous expressive brushwork, her intimate portraits of simple domestic vessels along with fruits and vegetables are infused with life and radiant color which reveal their unique personalities. Forms and shapes are simultaneously specific and suggested; colors are faded and brilliant, capturing and abbreviating details creating an intoxicating atmosphere of simplicity and beauty.
Andrew Forge, born in England, spent his early career in London. In the 1970’s, he married the painter Ruth Millerand moved to the United States, where he continued painting, writing and teaching. For over two decades he served as dean and professor at the Yale University School of Art.
The paintings of Forge “stand as poetic meditations on the process of perception,” wrote Lisa Russell in 2001. He worked in dense but nuanced arrangements of dots, derived from close observation of ”places, seasons, times of day, conditions of light.” The dots usually cannot be read as specific imagery, but sometimes they hover on the edge of representation, evoking trees, a pond or other aspects of nature. These paintings were made, it seems, to be soaked up rather than simply looked at. Their colors resonate in the mind, poetically echoing moods of nature.
Andrew Forge is also celebrated as a writer on art. He is best known for his writings on Degas, Monet, Manet, Klee and Rauschenberg. Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 10 am – 5 pm.
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