Grant Haffner: Mohawk Trail

Roman Fine Art is pleased to announce an upcoming solo exhibition of new paintings by Grant Haffner. Mohawk Trail, marks Haffner’s first solo exhibit in eleven years and his first show at Roman Fine Art. Mohawk Trail will open with a reception for the artist Saturday, May 27, 7-9pm.

For over a decade Haffner has captivated art enthusiasts and collectors with his paintings of Hamptons’ roadways. His renditions of familiar roads and local landmarks, often set ablaze in dayglow, sunset colors, have made him one of the most sought after artists on the East End. Whether it’s a cool gray winter scene on Bay Point or a night sky overlooking Gardiner’s Bay, those that are familiar with the highways and byways of the Hamptons, can easily recognize their favorite routes and lots depicted in Haffner’s works. In Mohawk Trail, Haffner’s first solo exhibit in eleven years, the artist begins to explore an entirely new landscape. The low-lying bays and farmlands of the South Fork are traded for the mountain ridges and deep gorges of Western Massachusetts. This seminal exhibition for Haffner marks an entirely new chapter in his career as a painter.

Arguably, no local artist captures the South Fork locales we love, like Haffner. This detail becomes a bit surprising when one realizes that Haffner is no longer a local artist. He lives and works in Massachusetts. Haffner had lived in the Hamptons for most of his life and he has been a fixture in the art scene here for at least a dozen years, but most fans of his work do not realize that he moved to Massachusetts in the Spring of 2016. For almost a year now, Haffner has continued to paint scenes of the Hamptons, works that have earned him an international following, but the impetus to create an entirely new body of work had already taken root, even before he left Sag Harbor. For years, Haffner longed to explore a new set of roads and locations and fortuitously, his relocation to Western MA allowed him intimate access to the Mohawk Trail region. True to Haffner’s process, these paintings are often created from photographs collected during his travels through the area. Capturing the roads, trails and colors of hills and mountains have infused Haffner’s newest works with something fresh. We see this new landscape through familiar eyes with a fresh perspective.

Grant Haffner has over a hundred works in private collections around the US, Europe and Asia. Actress Rose McGowan and Internationally renowned collector Yusaku Maezawa are among his notable patrons. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, museums and art fairs including Visions West Gallery, Denver, CO; Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY; One Art Space, NY, NY; Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL; Sebastian Foster Gallery, Austin, TX; Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; Scope Basel, Basel Switzerland; Scope New York, NY, NY; Texas Contemporary, Houston, TX. Damien Roman has represented Haffner since 2009, but this is their first solo exhibit together at Roman Fine Art.

Reisha Perlmutter: Immerse

Roman Fine Art is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition from New York-based artist, Reisha Perlmutter. Titled Immerse , the show will include over 15 new paintings from her water series, exploring the body, its relationship to water and the science of color. The exhibit will be open Friday, August 28 through Sunday, August 27 , 2017 with a reception for the artist Saturday, July 29, 2-5pm . Light refreshments will be served.

For just over a year, Perlmutter has been working on a series of oil paintings depicting women in water, in many of these she is also the subject. She aims to place emphasis on the biological connection between body and water, while finding correlations between her painting philosophy and understanding of color. Color and light move across the skin through the water, in energetic brushwork, blurring the edges between the figure and it’s surrounding environment. Through this connection, we sense that the body and the water are one.

Perlmutter’s imagery allows the viewer to relive and experience this universal and very humanizing connection to water, where one becomes hyper-aware of the body, where it begins and ends, how it moves in nature. Her weightless figures seem to be at complete ease and calm, the dappled light melting into the larger image, inviting our senses to participate in the painting.

Perlmutter draws parallels between the physical relationship with nature and Albers color theory, where color exists purely in its relationship to its surroundings. She explains this relationship as almost linear, “the flesh ends and the water begins, the flesh feels and looks like flesh because of the water,” just as one color will project that which it is relative to. She also aims to depict bodies that are not overly posed or sexualized. Her work often evokes comparisons to Photo-realism, however the artist associates photography as data and documentation, which is not part of her objective in practice.

Emphasis is directed away from individualized anatomy, and onto the body as a whole. The artist finds poetry within the recurring shapes, naturally occurring throughout individual bodies. Capturing natural patterns, she considers DNA, physiology and biology; and particularly in relationship to women and their bodies. Her recent work aims to empower women to appreciate their differences, find a comfortability with their sizes, shapes, and colors.