New York

Ross Neher

David Beitzel Gallery

Ross Neher’s oil paintings are situated between abstraction and landscape. In the paintings, he explores this realm through a process that involves laying down a skin of color and then scraping it away, repeating the process several times until shapes and a palpable sense of light begin to emerge. Through this accumulative process, each eventually acquires a range of subtle effects, including abrupt shifts, the interplay between shape and atmosphere, and the suggestion of forms emerging from and sinking back into the paint. The way the light rises to the surface of these carefully built up paintings bears affinities with both Giorgio de Chirico’s early paintings, especially the odd green light of their receding skies, and Brice Marden’s multipaneled paintings.

Neher’s interest in landscape has its origins in the artist’s childhood. Growing up in a town near the Catskill Mountains, he became

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