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Peter Nadin

Jay Gorney Modern Art

Over the last several years, Peter Nadin has gradually developed a large repertoire of diverse imagery and techniques. His new paintings pack all of it and then some into every canvas, including crude still-life drawings, simple houses, lollipop trees, a schematic self-portrait, a snapshot of a longtime friend, a drawing of a human skull, land- and skyscapes, hand-and footprints, and short poems. Loaded, chromatic brushstrokes and solid blocks of color punctuate this imagistic mélange. Each pictorial element stems from a specific technical procedure, first arrived at through trial and error. The canvases are physically built up with oil, acrylic, and enamel paints, applied not only with brushes, but also with rollers, trowels, drywall knives, and silkscreen. First and foremost, they are aggregations.

But it is the newest addition to this collection that has become the most telling: the

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