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Drumheller's Work Presented in NYC Gallery

By Lori Wright, Media Relations
April 6, 2011

Grace Institute Art Gallery of New York City will present “Alone and in a Crowd: Recent Paintings by Grant Drumheller” from March 28 to May 6, 2011.

The images in the exhibition -- 30 paintings completed over the past four years -- include figures in domestic and urban spaces, as well as large still lifes of toy animals. The paintings contemplate people and animals on the move- alone or in large groups - and explore the ebb and flow of life, both in nature and in the city, and how we fill those spaces.

“I realized that my preoccupation with the small toys was not dissimilar to painting a piazza filled with winter strollers in Rome. The show is a conscious effort to suggest the kind of instinctive feeling I experience while at work in my studio. At times I want images to resonate with emptiness as in the intimacy of a museum or in my home or studio, and other times I hunger for the complication of large groupings and implied random movement. This is the kind of back and forth that has underlain by studio practice for decades,” said Drumheller, professor of art at UNH.

Drumheller has brought small groups of advanced painting students to Italy for painting intensives several times since 2002. Prior to that he had spent a year in Florence on a Fulbright Hays Grant and in 2009, Drumheller was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.

Italy wields a large influence over several of the works. The Piazza del Popolo in the town of Ascoli Piceno (Marche) is one of the spaces that inspired several of the paintings. “Hundreds of people gather every evening until late at night in a ritual of community that goes back centuries,” Drumheller says.

Drumheller has received numerous awards for his paintings including a Fulbright Hays Grant, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a National Endowment Fellowship, and a residency at the MacDowell Colony. He has exhibited in museums and galleries both in Europe and the United States since 1980.

His work will be featured in the upcoming publication, 100 Boston Painters. In September, 2011, his work will be featured in a one person exhibition at the Greenhut Gallery in Portland, Maine. His work can be seen in New York at the Prince Street Gallery.

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