BFA Fine Arts Department faculty member Billy Sullivan (BFA 1968 Fine Arts) presents a new series of intimate portraits along with still life paintings and experiments with wallpaper in his fifth solo exhibition at Nicole Klagsbrun. Sullivan’s portraits are the result of his vast archive of photographs of subject matter as varied as New York’s downtown club scene in the 1970s and snapshots chronicling the fashion world to candid photos of close friends and personal montages from Long Island beaches. Of Sullivan’s paintings, John Ashbery wrote, “Reaffirming the contemplation of nature as its own reward, he also sets new tasks for painting and undertakes them with compelling eagerness.” Nicole Klagsbrun, 532 West 24 Street, on view through June 16.
The aging process has always intrigued Jason Bard Yarmosky (BFA 2010 Illustration). In the press release for “Elder Kinder,” his first solo exhibition at Lyons Wier, Yarmosky states, “The lack of permanence in life and the inevitability of aging has always been on my mind growing up. I am also interested in how people, in both mind and body, respond to the passage of time.” Yarmosky’s paintings of his 84-year-old grandparents are rendered with a striking realism, capturing the convergence of the aged body and youthful soul. Lyons Wier, 542 West 24 Street, on view through June 2.
Images: Billy Sullivan, Missy, 2012, oil on linen, 42 x 30 inches (106.7 x 76.2 cm); Jason Bard Yarmosky, The Sound of Silence, 2012, oil on canvas, 72 x 48 in (182.9 x 121.9 cm).