New York

Jonathan Scoville

Condeso/Lawler Gallery

With much poetic sensitivity and considerable painterly flair, Jonathan Scoville is renewing one of the most overworked themes in the history of Modern art. The landscape, in his paintings of the sky and countryside surrounding his home in Cornwall, Connecticut, is given fresh significance as both a metaphoric representation and a symbol of personal consciousness. The products of a unique marriage of two distinct traditions in landscape painting—which can be generically labeled the objective and the subjective impulse, respectively—Scoville’s paintings immediately trigger associations. More specifically, what pushes the associative trigger in paintings such as August, 1985, September Sunset, 1985, and Passing Storms, 1985, is the intriguing tension that exists between their documentary tone and decidedly romantic pitch.

The more we look at each painting, our initial sense that it serves as

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