RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Rockwell Art Galleries of Ridgefield is presenting “Delineation” featuring paintings and drawings by Mount Kisco artist John Plunkett starting Friday, Aug. 22, and running through Oct. 18.
The public is invited to an opening reception on Aug. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Rockwell Art Galleries is located at 470 Main St., Ridgefield.
The flow of color and line contrary to open spaces creates an abstraction that merges a draftsman’s design with an artist’s creativity, the gallery said in a statement.
Plunkett earned a degree in mechanical and electrical drafting before pursuing his bachelor's degree in fine arts and illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and his master's of fine arts in painting and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Plunkett’s work has been greatly influenced by Frank Stella, Elizabeth Murray, and Thomas Nozkowski.
“Their use of organic shapes and color layered upon one another to create a visual landscape changed how we view contemporary painting,” Plunkett said.
In his series Mechanical Drawing and Paint, Plunkett starts by laying down straight and curved lines with mechanical drawing tools and graphite. He uses French curves and triangles to create beautiful bending curves and short and long straight lines that interlock, crossing over one another, to create bold shapes on a white background. The interlocking lines create an abstraction of architectural images of modern machines, buildings, landscapes, and dividing lines of property. Next he surveys the drawing and starts filling in color within the shapes or borders.
“Paint fills the spaces creating pools of color," he said. "The paint appears to be pouring out of holes, twisting, twirling and floating, like rivers or oceans of color. Free to travel but restricted by the graphite borders–as is all things in nature.”
Plunkett has exhibited throughout Westchester County and New York City. He is also an accomplished landscape artist and internationally renowned for his images of Vietnam.
The artwork of Malu Tan is also on display from Aug. 22 through Sept. 14. Rockwell Art Galleries has six locations in Fairfield County: at 470 Main St. in Ridgefield; at 379 Danbury Road in Wilton; at 9 Burtis Ave. in New Canaan; at 236 Post Road E. in Westport; at 891 High Ridge Road in Stamford; and at 1630 Post Road in Fairfield.
In addition to original fine art, all Rockwell Art Galleries offer custom framing, installation services and in-home and corporate art advisory services. To see the full roster of Rockwell artists, visit its website .
Rockwell Art Galleries of Ridgefield is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
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