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  • Loop
  • New painting:

    Loop
    2020, oil on linen, 13" x 13"
    Courtesy of Adelson Galleries

    This painting is closely related to another, Subway Loops.


    Subway Loops,
    2009, oil on linen, 40" x 50"
    Collection of the Wen Long Foundation, Taiwan

    When I first started painting Subway Loops in 2008, the composition was smaller, 30" x 32", with two rows of seated figures and three figures holding the loops.

    After finishing the heads of two figures, I decided to rework the composition, increasing the size to 40" x 50", and adding another row of seats and one more figure holding a fourth loop. A new canvas was stretched and the first version was abandoned.

    However, I liked the two faces I'd painted on that first version, and cut them out of the canvas, saving the two pieces and restretching them. One - Woman Wearing a Red Hat - was finished in 2014. This second unfinished canvas, Loop, remained hanging on a wall in my studio until a few weeks ago when it finally returned to the easel and the red dress, the loop, and the background were painted. 


    Subway Loops, drawing #9
    2008,  pencil on paper with pastel tone on reverse, 30" x 32"
    Courtesy of Adelson Galleries

    Above: the final drawing for the first version of the composition. 
    Below: the expanded composition for Subway Loops


    Subway Loops, drawing #11
    2009, pencil on paper with pastel tone on reverse, 40" x 50"
    Collection of the Wen Long Foundation, Taiwan

    Here's the other figure that was saved and finished a few years ago: 


    Woman Wearing a Red Hat
    2014, oil on linen, 16" x 10"
    Courtesy of Adelson Galleries

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    May - June 2020

    An Online Exhibition
    About the Artist: Andrew Stevovich

    Adelson Galleries
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  • Queen
  • A new painting:

    Queen
    2020, oil on linen, 10" x 8"

    In the original drawing the woman was alone and wearing a party hat resembling a crown. The title Queen remains from that first image, even though she lost her hat and gained two admiring men. As always, the evolution came about naturally as the painting developed, and was not based on any meaningful thought beyond what was intuitively needed. I still like the original drawing and may return to it again.

    Queen, drawing #1
    2019, pencil on graph paper, 9 1/2" x 7"

    Queen was finished seven weeks ago, and since then I've been working on a composition of a woman with two children, five pears, and a bird:

    Collecting Pears, in progress
    34" x 22", oil on linen

    detail, ca. 5" x 7"

    The bird was inspired by the catbirds that nest every spring in the dense patch of knotweed outside my studio, and it's the first one I've painted since 1996:

    Woman with Bird
    5 1/2" x 4", oil on linen, 1996
    Private collection, Massachusetts


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  • Olga
  • New painting:

    Olga
    2020, oil on linen, 7 1/2" x 6"

    My previous three paintings - Twins, Flying Torpedo, and Subway Interior - were complex compositions, so it was time to go to a simpler image. Getting the right grey notes to work in harmony was not easy, but I think it all worked out. The red lipstick does the trick.

    Perhaps the painting is an homage to Whistler, to his beautiful use of monochromatic harmonies ... perhaps it is a grey response to the desolation of the coronavirus pandemic ... perhaps it's both.

    The figure was present in my previous painting, Subway Interior, and received comments about the hat. One person expressed a wariness that no modern women would ever wear such a hat. Being a stubborn person, I just liked the shape and stayed with it. 

    And here, perhaps the hat is another homage, now to Piero della Francesca and his brilliant double portrait of Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza:

    The Duke and Duchess of Urbino
     Diptych of Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza
    Piero della Francesca
    ca. 1465-1472, tempera on panel, 19" x 26" Uffizi gallery, Florence

    Or perhaps it's simply due to a childhood memory of the black hats, the kalimafhi, worn by Orthodox priests:


    Perhaps it's both.

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