Bereishit – Heaven and Earth
Paintings by Sandra Kaplan and James Cook
Singer Gallery exhibit opens October 8 – December 18, 2015
Opening Reception, Thursday, October 8, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Sponsored by Carol and Larry Levin
“Bereishit – Heaven and Earth: Paintings by Sandra Kaplan and James Cook” is inspired by the opening verses of Bereishit in which God creates the Heavens and the Earth. Sandra Kaplan, a much-celebrated Colorado artist has created a body of work called “Galactic Stories.” These paintings and collages, many of which are based on photographs taken by the Hubble telescope are astonishing in their capacity to reawaken a sense of the wonderment and vastness of the sky and the cosmos. In them history, science, astronomy, philosophy and art collide. James Cook’s works are in the best tradition of American landscape painting. They are big and gutsy, lavish and gorgeous. Cook’s paintings bring us closer to the sublime splendor of the Earth – an earth not yet invaded or touched by human hands. Kaplan’s and Cook’s virtuoso paintings take us back to the “first day” – the day that God created the Heavens and the Earth and “saw that this was good.”
Sandra Kaplan graduated with honors from Pratt Institute in NYC. She has been living in Denver since 1971. Her painting may be found in corporate and private collections throughout the United States, as well as in Stockholm, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Hong Kong and Japan. Kaplan is on the faculty of the Art Students League of Denver, and after six years of dedication, has just rotated off of the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver. She has been awarded: a grant by the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, a Co-Visions Grant from the Colorado Council on the Arts, and a fellowship to YADDO. Among the publications in which Sandra’s work has been discussed are The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Art in America, American Artist, Southwest Art and Artist Magazine.
James Pringle Cook was born in 1949 in Topeka, Kansas. He received his MFA from Wichita State University in 1972. Cook’s paintings are in the best tradition of American landscape painting. He is an artist absorbed with the process of painting. He paints quickly and creates richly colored, highly textured surfaces. While his work is reminiscent of the Abstract Expressionists, it differs from them in that it projects a recognizable reality, dictated by his personal vision and technical skills. His paintings are bold and monumental in scope. Whether he depicts the ripples upon the surface of still pools in mountain streams or the color studies of a stormy sky, his use of color and contrasting textures and techniques invite the viewer into the scene.
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Sunday, 1 pm – 4 pm (Closed Saturdays)