Teachers and students
Bowersock Gallery artists Julie Beck and Noriko Fox have shown together before, but this fall they will bring into the fold their fellow instructors and students from the Academy of Realist Art Boston, including Emanuela De Musis and Eric Johnson in a show at the Provincetown, Massachusetts, gallery.
“The personal work Noriko and I create are far from strict academic exercises. However, the skills we needed in order to execute them were all taught in the school’s curriculum,” Beck explains. “I create a full range of works from figurative to still life, while Noriko currently focuses on narrative still life paintings. The rest of the show will consist of both instructor/ student personal work and some academic pieces, which help to illuminate how we obtained our skills to create that work.”
Beck’s painting The Creation of Eve features a student, Rue Laszlo, and instructor, De Musis, from the Academy of Realist Art Boston. “It was important for me to make something where the women were doing or making something, rather than just being an object of beauty. I set out to make something that is a more accurate representation of the women I experience,” she says.
Fox’s Luminaries juxtaposes rubber ducks floating among paper lanterns in the darkness. She explains, “This darkness is ignorance. Conversely, any kind of training (education, experience, etc.) is the lighted lanterns, helping us to see the correct path to take. And being on this path gives us the positive feeling to strive forward.”
Fox often uses toy figures in her work because viewers can project their feelings into those figures within the scene. She adds,
“I have created some works containing light source lanterns and candles. Light influences us emotionally. We are naturally drawn to light for inspiring positive thoughts: hope, security, happiness.”
The show opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on August 31 and continues through September 13.
of Eve, oil on canvas, 24 x 48"2Eric Johnson, Genuine Ultramarine Blue, oil on canvas, 21 x 18"3Julie Beck, A Creative Block, oil on canvas, 28 x 12"4Noriko Fox, Luminaries, oil on canvas, 12 x 30"
1Julie Beck, The Creation