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  • September
  • I spent July through December working on the painting below, titled September

    Compositions with an abundance of leaves are among my most complex and take a lot of time to paint. The placement and color of each leaf, the flow they generate together with the branches and trunks, are always a challenge. 


    September
    2020, oil on linen, 34" x 22"
    Private collection, Florida

    The color organization puts cool greens and a blue sky in the upper part of the painting, and warm reds and browns in the lower. In a way opposite of what I did in another recent painting, Subway Interior, where the warm colors are on top and the cool below.


    Subway Interior
    2020, oil on linen, 26" x 15"

    Below are my two largest leaf paintings. Each took a year or more to complete. 


    In the Garden
    2006-2007, oil on linen, 62" x 72"
    Private collection, New York


    Woman with Autumn Leaves
    1992-1994, oil on linen, 36" x 72"
    Private collection, California


    Meanwhile, during the last two months I've been working on a painting of a woman playing with a cat and developing drawings - including a large one of an audience at a theatrical performance.



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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




  • 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
    New York      Palm Beach


    click to view the online exhibition

    The Fuller Building
    595 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor
    New York, NY 10022
    (212) 439-6800

    318 Worth Avenue
    Palm Beach, FL 33480
    (561) 720-2079

    www.adelsongalleries.com

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