New York

Joe Sweeney

Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery

Joe Sweeney has become known in contemporary realist art circles for his stunning depictions of the landscapes of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. He has a sharp eye for the beauty of nature, which he finds in quiet and tranquil scenes showing nature existing in deepest harmony with man. The world for him is a vital and inherently physical place; it is one in which the elements, the forces of nature, seem to manifest themselves in benevolent,and in many instances, highly cultivated forms. As shown in this group of recent landscapes, Sweeney’s vision is one that is capable of elevating the quiet drama of nature into a lyrical spectacle, one with profound transcendental overtones of the wholeness of life.

A recurrent theme for Sweeney is the Schuylkill River, which runs through Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. Among his favorite variations are the boathouses built along the river and

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