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Eugene Gregan at Emerson Resort

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

The Classical Romanticism of Eugene Gregan: Paintings from 40 Years in the Catskill Mountains curated by Jen Dragon and Brian Powers

October 9th, 3:00-6:00pm

Born in 1937 in New Haven, Ct, Mr. Gregan has painted, planted, and thrived on the southern slope of Ulster County’s Catskill Mountains since 1970. Working from his mountaintop home, studio, and gardens outside Napanoch with his wife Beverly, his paintings have long reflected the magic and quietude of their surroundings.

A graduate of, and later an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, Gregan has also taught at Yale and Brown Universities, Parsons School of Design, Trinity College, and the Naropa Institute. His graphic and commercial design background includes work with I.M Pei, Herbert Matter, Norman Ives, and Joseph Albers, and many of his illustrations, corporate logos, and album covers are widely familiar.

Noted private collectors of Mr. Gregan’s work include John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Miles Davis, Robert Mitchum, John Steinbeck, Julie Christie, Bill Cosby, John Simon, Calvin Klein, Ram Dass, Alan Gerry, Eric Booth, Marty Raynes, Jeff Witty, Robert Osgood, Paul Guenther, Gerry Celente, and Jason Spears of the Scissor Sisters.

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Studio Visit: Claude Carone

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
courtesy John Davis gallery

image courtesy of John Davis Gallery, Hudson NY

I met Claude for the first time at the opening of North of New York: The New York School Generation in the Hudson Valley Region . His father, Nicolas, is in the Kleinert exhibiton as he is an early New York School Abstract Expressionist and is part of the New York School circle that also maintained a studio in the Catskills.  I am always intrigued to see the artwork of painter- families like Orazio and his daughter Artemisia Gentileschi,  Giambattista Tiepolo and his son Domenico, or Sir Terry Frost and his two sons, Adrian and Anthony.  It is a natural progression as painting is in essence an apprenticeship best learned as an immersion experience and what can be more total than a child growing up in a parent’s studio?  But although there may be similiar themes as parents and children live in the same century and share the same temporal cultural vibe, the soul is often very different because of person and experience.

The paintings of Claude Carone, like his father’s, are abstract but the similarity ends there.   While Nicolas seems to embrace the freshness of post-war America (New York City in particular), Claude evokes a timeless Italian classicism.  Looking at his work, I felt the same kind of environmental honing that is only produced by centuries of living in the same place: the continual perfecting of the land by plowing, planting and building only to be torn down again by war or weather and re-asserted in a more precise way again and again.  The result is a perfect balance of what is and what was and a vitality that is charged by the interchangeability between a form and its space.  Some  paintings have a measured pace in the calm breathing of large gently tumbling forms,  and some a more panting excitement as color ricochets off one edge onto another – either way, there is never an awkward imbalance or irritable inconsistency but always a rational resolution between shapes and a comforting energy generated by a true love of pigment.

Claude Carone Studio

Claude Carone's Studio

Claude will be showing in “Another Circle” at the Emerson Resort opening Friday, June 4, 5-9 thru Sunday, June 28th