February 26, 2021

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Tony Angell and Thomas Quinn: A Conversation with Nature | Gerald Peters Gallery

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The Gerald Peters Gallery is pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition, Tony Angell and Thomas Quinn: A Conversation with Nature. Fueled in part by their 26 year old friendship, these artists share a life-long artistic fascination and reverence for Nature. The exhibition will be available to view online and in person.

Minimal in detail yet powerful in form, these paintings and sculptures are a celebration of the immeasurable complexity and compelling beauty of our natural world. Throughout their long friendship, Angell and Quinn have encouraged and inspired each other to create works of art that revive and deepen our appreciation of the wildlife and wild places that feed our soul.

Strength and elegance characterize the sculpture of Tony Angell. In stone and bronze, Angell reveals forms and behavior that express the power, energy and grace of wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. His sculptures encourage the viewer to explore each work from a variety of angles and points of view.

My life has been immeasurably enriched by having an artistic association with Nature. There is the compelling beauty of the form, patterns and movement of the wild subjects that demand attention and generate awe. It is my intent to render some attention and permanence to moments in Nature that are becoming less and less frequent in a world dominated by human motives and indifference. I am compelled to give voice to a reverence I hold for these subjects that words alone cannot convey. – Tony Angell

From his studio in Point Reyes, California, Thomas Quinn paints wildlife with an economy of style uniquely his own. In translucent watercolor, Quinn captures the elusive quality of a bird of prey or mammal in repose. With a minimum of brushwork and deceptively simple compositions, Quinn captures all the detail needed, the coloration, posture and form of his wild and ephemeral subjects.

To me, painting, veracity, and Nature are still about what is represented but also about what is implied or left unsaid. In representational animal art, these open areas may imply a place, habitat, or landscape, where by whim, necessity, or imagination a creature might choose to move or escape. As magical spaces, these places may hold more than just relief and understatement-perhaps there’s a hidden geometry, silence, vulnerability, or solitude; maybe it’s a place of nonsense, departure, enigma, mystery, or promise where nothingness is the value most desired.

– Thomas Quinn

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