1st floor Merrill Community Room - Ken Russack
This series represent a modernist, impressionist view of our urban and rural landscapes. Ken’s paintings mainly capture the subject matter of houses and buildings as Portraits of the local scene. In this collection, the paintings take on nuances and personalities as if they are speaking to you. They offer a time in space that reflects their daily moods as life traverses their facades. The strength of shadows and light enhance the character of these portraits.
From a reference perspective, the paintings offer a bit of Hopper-esque tranquility. The morning light in Stonington Maine is a perfect example. The paintings of the Old North End bring a colorful depiction that is a mainstay of this area of Burlington. Sans people, the paintings offer a focused look on the face of the buildings as if they want to speak to you. They provide a time sensitive experience that in so many ways reflect the ever-changing landscape, yet at the same time create a stop in time never to be repeated. Houses and building’s age, some more graceful than others. And like the human factor in a parallel universe, they fight off aging thru renovations, new paint schemes, and simple care to themselves.
As a painter, spending time with these subjects has been a calming and rewarding experience. All of these paintings started out as studies en plein air, and completed as studio works. All paintings are oil, with a varnish finish.
Ken lives in Burlington with his wife Janice who is his most ardent supporter and critic. Ken also has three daughters, and five grandchildren. You can see more of his work at www.kenrussack.com .
2nd Floor Pierson Room - Phil Laughlin
In 1986, Phil moved his family to the beautiful green mountain state of Vermont. After a period of experimentation, he found himself radiating towards illustration software, rendering product and technical subjects. Painting for him, had to share his time with work, while he raised his family. Children grew, moved out, and he gradually rebalanced his schedule to once again favor the landscape painting. Along the way he discovered the rich tradition of New England artistry that had inspired generations of artists. Casting aside the last bit of guilt over leaving the formal concerns of modern abstraction behind, he joined the mass of contemporary artists working with these traditions. Currently, he paints daily at his rural home in Williston, Vermont.
In his own words, Phil takes color and shape, raw materials with no intrinsic value and assembles them into something more coherent than before, that has the power and purpose to speak. “If there were ever societies without artistry, we don’t know about them. Its artists, who through their art, tell the future who we were.”
For more information or to purchase please contact Kate Ashman at Burlington City Arts: 802-865-7296 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Art is leased through BCA this year on a four month rotating schedule, in an effort to bring new and exciting professional art to this wonderful public space.