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Bruce Cohen

09.09.2017 - 11.04.2017

Leslie Sacks Gallery

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Bruce Cohen's alluring interiors and exquisite still lifes continue to captivate in his new body of work. The exhibition features a dozen paintings, most on canvas and some on wood panel, ranging in scale from 16 x 16 inches up to 48 x 72 inches.
Bruce Cohen's singular aesthetic is immediately distinguishable in its refined realism. He has explored the genres of interior and still life paintings for decades, yet his output always feels new and fresh. Nodding to the old masters and his passion for art history, he successfully summons a contemporary feel by way of a polished, yet punchy palette with a subtle, surreal compression of the picture plane. He executes a mastery of subject matter to his advantage and constantly perfects his painting to stunning effects. His inspiration culminates in an unhurried and meticulous rendering. Similar to artists like Jasper Johns and Jim Dine, who use a lexicon of repeated images as a visual vocabulary, Cohen revisits themes and objects (flowers, vases, books, window sills) finding endless arrangements. Stylistically the work's central focus of everyday objects found in daily life connects them to the Dutch masters of the 17th century, from whom he derives great influence and inspiration.

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