Ron Ehrlich, Are You Kidding (detail).
In 1979 Ron Ehrlich went to Japan to study ceramics in a monastery for three months and stayed for three years.
Living today in Providence, Rhode Island, he is a painter of abstraction that represents "... the marrying of the Eastern technique to the canons of the New York School, the directions of the contemporary and a private vision" (J. Bowyer Bell, exhibition catalog, Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, 2001). Ehrlich's subject matter is elusive. Horses and figures emerge from a complex network of aggressive markings and delicate lines, then recede back into abstraction, defying the "reality" of the glimpsed image.
The technical complexity of the painting, extrapolated from the intricacies of Japanese pottery making, is an intensification of conventional oil painting with the use of a blowtorch to fuse multiple layers of oil paint and sand into a fascinating and delightful surface.
This exhibition is curated by Lisa Russell of the Rhode Island College art faculty in collaboration with Stephen Haller Gallery.
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