new-york

Peter Schuyff

Pat Hearn Gallery

Peter Schuyff’s carefully worked neo-Surrealist paintings are immediately attractive in traditional Modernist ways; they almost look naive—pre-Bomb—in their apparently sincere acceptance of esthetic canon. This 25-year-old Dutch-born painter, now working in New York, has produced large and small canvases and works on paper on canvas that are deeply involved in the activity of quoting but at the same time have their own integrity. Indefinite, loosely worked grounds in one or two colors are floatingly inhabited by bone- and shell-like biomorphic abstract shapes which immediately recall many images by Joan Miró and, above all, by Yves Tanguy. Some works are more complexly layered. Air (Sky), 1983, for example, has a complex array of Tanguy-esque Surrealist biomorphs on a René Magritte–ish ground of blue sky and clouds. The most recent work involves painting on top of older found paintings,

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