• Robert Donley

    Hokin Kaufman Gallery

    Robert Donley has chosen a grand, challenging, and unwieldy theme for his work. His canvases purport to record no less than the life of the modern city, as manifested in its buildings and in its residents. In their encyclopedic patterning and patience, their sense of self-composure and slow-moving surety, Donley’s images remind us of forebears such as Bosch and Bruegel, artists who also knew the value of accretion in the development of their expansive themes.

    In each of the ten paintings that made up this exhibition, Donley surrounds an urban skyline with small portraits. In some of the paintings

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