A selection of artists from across the country—Haley Hasler, Jason John, Andrea Kowch, Bryan LeBoeuf, Jenny Morgan, Kevin Muente, Frank Oriti, and Kevin Peterson—provides a snapshot of contemporary realist painting in the United States in Get Real: New American Painting. The exhibition’s heavily figurative focus explores themes that have persisted throughout the recent history of American realist painting such as narrative portraiture and social, psychological, and magical realism.
The eight artists present a multifaceted view of the American experience, contrasting the historic and the contemporary, pastoral and urban landscapes, the personal and the universal, the immanent and the transcendent. Through the eyes of these painters, the viewer may travel between the magical depictions of a distant American heartland in work of Kowch or Muente to the hardscrabble, urban worlds of Oriti or Peterson. Whether their inspiration is drawn from memory or reality, the artists strike a balance between the everyday and the epic as seen in LeBoeuf’s tightly controlled theatrical compositions or John’s surreal scenes that seem to be in a state of perpetual motion. Aspects of identity and relationships, as well as issues of sexuality and femininity, are best explored through the works of Hasler and Morgan.
The products of diverse educational and geographic roots, these young painters, mostly under the age of forty, are charting a path for American realist painting. Although rooted in a strong tradition of art history, they are also very much products of the modern world and the global information age.
Preston Haskell Exhibition Fund
Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery
Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
The City of Jacksonville
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
Peter N. Geisler Jr.
Thomas & Diane Jacobsen Foundation
WJCT Public Broadcasting
Image 1 Haley Hasler: Portrait as Tooth Fairy, 2012. Oil on canvas. 56 × 38 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York.
Image 2 Jason John: Birdboy, 2013. Oil on linen. 24 × 34 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.
Image 3 Andrea Kowch: The Cape, 2012. Acrylic on canvas. 60 × 84 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York.
Image 4 Bryan LeBoeuf: Mosh Pit, 2003. Oil on linen. 60 ×48 inches. Collection of Peter N. Geisler Jr.
Image 5 Jenny Morgan: Syrie and the Cat, 2013. Oil on canvas. 76 × 54 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Driscoll Babcock Galleries, New York City, New York.
Image 6 Kevin Muente: American Gothic, 2013. Oil on canvas. 48 × 36 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York.
Image 7 Frank Oriti: I’d Rather Sink, 2013. Oil and acrylic on canvas. 48 × 35 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York.
Image 8 Kevin Peterson: Street Light, 2012. Oil on panel with metal. 46.5 × 71 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, California.
Friday, September 12
*By invitation only
Free for members
Thursdays and Fridays throughout the exhibition
Jason John Studio Experience
The UNF professor paints in a MOCA Jacksonville studio
Sunday, October 5
Portraiture Through Time: A MOCA-Cummer Museum Tour
$15 MOCA or Cummer members, $20 nonmembers
Thursday, October 23
Women Painting Women: Members’ Reception
Free for members
Women Painting Women*
Free and open to the public
Women Painting Women: Avant Garde Dinner
$49 per person, includes tax and tip, reservations required, wine pairings and full bar available for additional charge, payable the night of the dinner