Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Exhibition at the Covey Center for the Arts

Everyone is invited to attend the opening reception Friday, November 6, 2009 from 6-9 p.m at the Covey Center for the Arts. This exhibition will run from November 6-30, 2009. My new large work "Kaaterskill Clove, New York" will be on display. This painting is 54 x 112 inches and was just on display as part of the 'Hudson River Revival' Exhibition at the Springville Museum of Art. I'd love to see everyone there!
Observations From Life
Work by Ryan S. Brown
November 6-30, 2009
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Opening reception: Friday,
November 6, 6 - 9 p.m.
Covey Center for the Arts
425 West Center Street
Provo, Utah 84601


Anonymous said...

The Hudson river school artists would role over in their graves by the suggestion that an artist doing paint-by-number hotel art from a computer monitor in Utah is part of a "revival" of their work and Ideals.
Have some respect and do it right or call it what it is.

rsbart said...

I can appreciate criticism, but this isn't that. You apparently think you know how I paint, but you must be misinformed. I'd be more than happy to talk about the deficiencies in my work and how to overcome them. But you'll have to identify yourself instead of just making random jabs at my work and hiding behind 'anonymous'. If you know the Hudson River painters so well, maybe you could help me do better in my work. Let me know because I'd love to meet whoever feels this strongly about my work.

N. J. Covington said...
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N. J. Covington said...

I must respectfully disagree with Anonymous. I think anyone who understands the difficulty of landscape painting would have some reverence for the attempts of these 'revival' landscape painters of our day, however far their works and ideals may fall from the beloved painters of their admirers.

I personally imagine Frederick Church in his grave nodding in gentle approval for the honest attempts of these modern-day painters; a breath of fresh air in this era of post-modern art education. Despite their limitations, I admire our contemporary painters whose intent stems more from the courageous belief that "Anything worth doing great is worth doing poorly at first", than from the fear of criticism as one worded above.

If it is a more personal criticism Anonymous wishes to make for this artist and his process, then I must agree with rsbart's reply.

Otherwise, I think we as artists can all do better in making and taking responsibility for the criticism we offer to others, as we artists by nature are sensitive creatures who must, amidst our own insecurities and vulnerabilities, throw ourselves onto the canvas and to the world. If Anonymous is an artist, I think you would agree how welcome a well-worded and thought-out criticism means to an artist.

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