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Peter Halasz
at R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, California
Recommendation by Liz Goldner

Large scale paintings by Peter Halasz of nighttime scenes are meticulous, elegant and evocative of collective memory.

Continuing through February 18, 2012


Peter Halasz is a young (in his late thirties) artist who has labored to create his own painting style, particularly in these seven new works, “Love Songs & Incantations.” These large oils on canvas or wood panel depict Halasz’s love affair with New York City’s parks and broad panoramas at night. Each meticulously rendered painting evokes a romantic evening, perhaps in an elegant restaurant on an upper floor, featuring a plate glass window overlooking an urban, yet bucolic setting. The scenes/paintings that the viewer looks out on - bridges, buildings, roofs, chimneys, lampposts, treetops - are all carefully lit by city lamps or ambient light. 


The effect is a slightly ethereal look, adding to the sense that each painted scene is extracted from our collective memories. “Fountain at Tompkins,” a 44 1/2 x 52 1/2 inch close-up of Tompkins Square Park recalls the scenes of nineteenth century Currier and Ives prints. There are many large trees, their branches entangled among each other, a gazebo and that diffused light, perhaps in a snow-filled public space. The 84 by 162 inch “Rainscape from East Broadway and Canal” is a rain swept view of lower Eastside Manhattan, including the suspended Williamsburg Bridge, presumably viewed from a building’s upper story.  These paintings draw the viewer in, reminding one of art’s ability to open the senses.


Published courtesy of ArtSceneCal ©2012

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