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Brian Novatny

Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath–Force of Nature
Glyndor Gallery | June 7– September 7, 2015


Pictured above: Going Under, 2014 , oil on canvas , 24" x 30". Courtesy of ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA


Historical maritime disaster is a powerful source of inspiration for Brian Novatny’s work. In these paintings the force of nature overwhelms what seems to be a futile human attempt to persevere. A ship or bridge appears to be brittle, the wind and water rendering it on the brink of collapse. The fluidity of paint supports the turbulent imagery. Through smudging and the use of unconventional tools, Novatny manipulates the thin layer of paint to activate the surface. The stark palette of black, white, gray and muted earth tones suggests early photography and lends a timeless quality to the work, almost as if the images themselves are fragments from the past.

Novatny has had solo exhibitions at Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Mulherin + Pollard, New York, NY; Sonoma State University Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA; Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; and ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA. His work is in numerous collections, including the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; and The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. Novatny earned a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH, and an MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Pictured above: A Degrading Access, 2015, oil on paper, 14” x 13"

Pictured above: Channel Crossing2014, oil on shellacked paper, 13” x 18”, courtesy of ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.