Opening Reception: Saturday, October 2, 5–7 p.m.
Stuart Yankell, Bob Tabor, Sylvie Perrin & Dorothy Ganek
“Impression is defined in a variety of ways but the one that rings true for this exhibit is ‘an immediate effect of an experience or perception upon the mind’ as that definition works not only for the viewer but for the featured artists. The theme of this exhibit is movement.
First there is Stuart Yankell, a highly trained modern painter whose style captures the fluidity of the French impressionistic artists whether he takes you to a gathering on the beach, a bistro or brings to life a surfer catching the perfect wave.
Add to that a French artist who creates engaging and meandering abstracts from found concert posters on Parisian boulevards. Starting as a sculptor, Sylvie Perrin now uses that prowess to reshape a moment in time. Almost a lost art during covid but the world has come back to life and along with that her inspiration.
A third artist, Bob Tabor, photographs the Hamptons’ waters in novel forms whether it be through his vivacious abstracts or moonlit tableaus while our last artist, Dorothy Ganek, brings twists and turns to canvases with unexpected choices in form and palette. Four featured artists who ignite art in their own unique way and who together make a great first impression.”
– Andrea McCafferty & Kat O’Neill, co-owners & directors
About the artists:
Stuart Yankell’s work celebrates life and the common fabric of humanity. Combining abstraction with a kinetic approach rooted in classical lighting and form, he embraces historical convention while seeking to expand the language of art. For nearly four decades, Yankell has painted a multitude of musical and dance forms, as well as figurative themes based on a broad range of universal settings. He has traveled to nearly twenty countries, and his works are developed through a combination of on-site painting, studio work with live models, and the forces of instinct and imagination. “The goal of Stuart Yankell’s work,” author William Abrams writes, “is to convey something essential about our existence that is at once both truthful and affirming.” Using large brushes attached to bamboo poles, his strokes are broad and visceral, yet at the same time precise. He has long been a student of Asian culture and the Martial and Healing Arts, and has sought to bring something ceremonial to his artisitc process, analogous to a dance or fencing ritual. Moving between realism and abstraction, Yankell’s painting is about seeing, depicting both the focus and periphery of natural vision. Seen up close, the works are entirely abstract, undulating with textural variations. At a distance however, the images crystallize and come to life in the mind of the viewer. The art critic Burton Wasserman said “seeing Yankell’s paintings with your eyes is to soon feel them refreshing your heart and mind as they produce visions of joy at the center of your being.”
Yankell was trained in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania and the Frudakis Sculpture Academy. He also studied in Italy at Temple University, and has taught painting and art history at the university level over the course of his career. Yankell is also known for his portraiture, and has been commissioned to paint a variety of business, political and academic figures for public and corporate collections, as well as children and families. Recent collectors in the entertainment industry include Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, Ravi Coltrane, Natalie Merchant and both Wynton and Branford Marsalis. Stuart Yankell’s work has earned place in the vanguard of contemporary figurative painting and has been displayed in museums and galleries throughout the world.
Bob Tabor is known for his large format prints of equestrian portraits and stunning seascapes. His unique approach to his work creates an intimate visceral experience for the viewer. Bob’s sensitive insight allows him to capture images with a signature style that is extraordinary. For his equestrian portraits, only natural light is used to illuminate his subjects. The original background is then removed and replaced with either black or white. The image is then dramatically cropped to enhance the graphic elements.
All artwork is printed in Limited Editions, signed and numbered by the artist and includes a Certificate of Authenticity. The prints are made with archival paper and inks and are available with traditional framing or the diasec process (mounted on plexi). His work can be seen in Ralph Lauren shops on four continents, private collections and galleries worldwide. Bob is available for equestrian portrait commissions.
Sylvie Perrin graduated from the National Fine Arts Academy of Lyon. She began her artistic career in the Netherlands as an illustrator. She then worked in Paris, before becoming established in Lyon, her home town. She has enjoyed a career that allowed her to express her multifaceted creativity in a variety of mediums: sculpting, painting, illustration and graphic design.
Today, she has developed a technique of collage inspired by and composed from posters which she discovers on the walls of the city of Lyon, or during her travels. These weather-worn materials marked by rain and sun, constitutes her basic palette of colors and typefaces. She then reimagines them, giving them a second life. Decomposed, then recomposed, these resolutely urban forms become dynamic compositions. Her use of a special transparent resin finish on each piece glorifies these discarded raw materials, and illuminates them. She memorializes each collage with the name of the street or district of the city where she encountered the materials that inspired its creation.
In other works, using the same technique of collage, she manipulates and reimagines a melange of old photos from magazines with a combination of illustration and Photoshop techniques.
A graduate of New York School of Interior Design, Ganek incorporates her eye for patterns into all her pieces creating a colorful, intricate narrative.
“Through selective workshops and training I expressed myself primarily in traditional watercolor. I entered many juried shows, winning numerous awards giving me signature status in both American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society. Today my work has evolved into an abstract expression, on large canvases directed by my senses and emotions rather than objects. It’s the unexpected accidents that occur during the early stages that are the most intense and exciting, not knowing what direction the painting will take. It’s that mystery that keeps me going back into the studio. My compositions are asymmetrical with bold color and line as major components. I begin painting spontaneously, letting my intuition guide me to the next step, developing and refining until the work is finished. I make marks with a variety of crayons, graphite and charcoal to initialize the surface before adding color. Collage elements, found papers or papers created by me are often added.”
Robert Rauschenberg’s collages are a tremendous inspiration to Ganek as well as Matisse’s color and the use of black as an element. Picasso’s abstract objects have also influenced how Ganek simplifies shapes in her work.
“Weaving shapes and textures from nature and everyday life, combined with imagination and childhood memories of Greece manifests my visual story. I explore a variety of mediums until they become second hand, always looking for new challenges and materials to discover. I worked as a silversmith as well as a Hand-made paper fabricator. I use the papers to create books and sculptural pieces. I also became fascinated by the art of pop-up books and taught myself the art of paper engineering. I try not to put limits on myself as an artist because I believe that freedom nurtures creativity. I give myself permission to break all the rules while I’m painting and I constantly remind myself to enjoy the process. I think of my paintings as visual expressions and interpretations of the way I see and experience the world around me, changing constantly as I change and develop emotionally and spiritually. I hope my work sparks a connection with the viewer that intrigues and mystifies them enough so they will return and want to keep looking.”