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Leigh Palmer

Sherry French Gallery

Leigh Palmer is among the best of the current crop of talented American realists at giving a vivid sense of place. As much about a specific mood and special moment as some particular locale, the scenes described in his recent paintings offer the viewer vistas for steady contemplation. Palmer, who lives and works near Plymouth, Massachusetts, creates work that provides a subtle commentary on the relationship between society and nature in the towns and small communities of New England. Concentrating on corners of rooms, he depicts parts of the house that afford views onto nature. The paintings inspire thoughts about the window as a structure mediating between indoors and outdoors, and as a metaphor indicative of the need to partake of nature while protecting oneself from being overwhelmed by it.

In December Afternoon, 1988, the coldness of the air is conveyed through the crisp light that

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