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Hugh Kepets

Fischbach Gallery

What is most striking about Hugh Kepets’ new paintings is his insistence on the ambiguity of architectural spaces rendered with total precision. Kepets takes a particular set of close-up details and subjects them to a thorough study. Painted with careful highlight and shadow, each area should be molded into deep three-dimensional space, but isn’t. Paradoxically, each scene remains clearly representational of depth and planes, but reads as a composite of well-balanced geometrical surfaces. Kepets employs rich colors to create a uniformly balanced range of tones, much too potent for realism, yet not in the least disturbing.

In his small line drawings, his primary concern is with linear detail and patterning, revealing the basis of the richly hued paintings. Each set of ledges, windows and railings is described in the drawings by varying densities of straight parallel lines—the closer together,

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