New Works At Hersh Fine Art

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Hersh Fine Art has announced a solo exhibition of drawings and paintings by New York City artist Mark Opirhory. The exhibition, New Works, will open on Saturday, March 7, and the artist will be present for an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

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“Ours,” oil on paper mounted panel, by Mark Opirhory, 2014 (Photos courtesy of Mark Opirhory)

For Opirhory, landscape painting is a physical, even tactile, record of things felt and seen in the natural world. Thick, colorful layers of paint imitate the natural forms of roots and limbs, almost as sculptural and textural as the actual thing. Far beyond being a photographic history of a specific place, there is captured simultaneously the raw mystery of nature, and an autobiographical element that is at times lovely, at times unsettling. The paintings fluctuate in meaning from a natural rendering, to memory of time passed, to metaphors for how human beings coexist.

Painting on copper, steel and wood makes the paintings feel more like personal artifacts.

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“Tremors,” oil on paper mounted panel, by Mark Opirhory, 2012

Of his own work Opirhory says, “My work is a study of growth and decay. It explores the social, spiritual and biological stresses of existence. Dually, it is a reflection of my life experiences. These amalgamate as monuments of organic composition.”
Opirhory was born in New Jersey. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art (NYAA). He currently resides in Brooklyn and teaches color theory at NYAA.

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“Teachers,” oil on paper mounted panel, by Mark Opirhory, 2014

This exhibition will run from March 7 to April 30, with a gallery reception on March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hersh Fine Art at the Long Island Academy of Fine Art, 14A Glen St.,
Glen Cove. For details please refer to www.hershfineart.com or contact Rebecca Forster at 516-590-4324 or info@liafa.com.

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