Icons & Imagery: The Art of Eliza Geddes
Solo Exhibition Icons & Imagery: The Art of Eliza Geddes Opening at J. Mackey Gallery in
62 The Circle
East Hampton, NY
Opening: Saturday, July 10 | Opening Reception 7-9 PM
Solo Exhibition: Icons & Imagery: The Art of Eliza Geddes, July 8 – July 28
J. Mackey Gallery in East Hampton is pleased to announce, Icons & Imagery: The Art of Eliza Geddes, July 8 – 28. Opening Reception: Saturday, July 10 at 7 pm. Exploring the power and presence of female icons, Geddes’ art lends abstract sensibility to figurative expression. Her inspiration follows the¬ contours of pop culture and women whose unique expression speaks across generations. “I am inspired by women who are uniquely themselves. You don’t have to be an icon to be inspiring, but this group of women each had their own distinct voice at the time they came to prominence.”
Geddes, who resides in Locust Valley, felt the pull of art as a profession at a young age. She went on to receive an MA in Art from New York University. Her work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries including, Findlay Galleries, Manhasset, New York, Mulry Fine Art, West Palm Beach, Franklin Riehlman Fine Art, New York City, and Holster Projects in London. A favored artist among prominent designers, Geddes has been featured in publications including Elle Décor, Cottages & Gardens, London’s Matchbox Magazine and Flavorpill. Her work is also in several private collections across the country.
Geddes’ technique involves a long process of layering and texturing the canvas with brushstrokes and markings using somewhat unconventional materials such as house paint, putty knife and vintage newsprint. Through the creative intent of carefully applying and removing paint, she reveals new qualities of the canvas, adding to the intricacies of her work. “Each painting begins with a focus on color combinations. With each work, I engage in a cycle of applying, layering, removing, and reapplying. The removal is as significant as the application of the paint.”
In addition to her icon series, Geddes’ body of work incorporates similar techniques. For her non-figurative mixed media series, Geddes uses vintage advertisements to explore the juxtaposition of antiquated notions of what a woman is or should be, placing them in the context of contemporary artwork. According to Geddes, “The distressed texture of the canvas and the painted over images are symbolic of the decay of traditional female expectations.”
J. Mackey is a new art space in East Hampton, New York. The gallery shows emerging, as well as established, artists and is committed to fostering the impact art has to aesthetically enhance spaces, provoke thought and stimulate the senses. Forthcoming solo and group exhibitions will include works by mixed media artist Stephen Hawkey, Korean potter Heyja Do, and painter Cynthia Hartling, living in Santa Fe.
The space is also a new East Hampton location for NJ Caine Architecture, a leading residential and commercial architectural design practice in Manhattan. They are known for creating iconic spaces and innovative residences in NYC, the Hamptons, Greenwich, Connecticut, and Palm Beach, Florida.
The gallery is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30am – 6:00pm, and by appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit our website jmackeygallery.com or contact Justine McEnerney at 917-592-8568.
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