New York

Neil Welliver

Fischbach Gallery

Since Neil Welliver holds a rather prominent position among landscape or realist painters today, it seems justified to point out a few reasons why someone may not like his work. Aside from the fact that it’s always pleasant to have a well-executed landscape around the house, what is it that attracts so many to his canvases?

Perhaps it’s the very things that I find disturbing in his imagery, his application and presentation. Basically the dislike comes down to an impatience with the paint-by-number approach of putting together an image from blobs of paint. Recognizing the historical precedents and references and justifications, it seems that this technique, produced when countless dabs of paint are joined together in one canvas, can produce an overall effect of one final joining together. Welliver’s paintings fail to do that trick. Instead, they remain compilations of thousands of paint

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