New York

Susan Hambleton

Trabia-MacAfee Gallery

In this display of recent paintings and related charcoals, Susan Hambleton gives striking expression to the poetic notion of nature as the sum and measure of all things in the universe. Inspired by a summer’s stay at MacDowell, the well-known artists’ and writers’ colony located in New Hampshire, these landscapes show keen sensitivity to what might be called the indivisible character of nature. Hambleton reveals how all-enveloping landscape can be. Each composition is one that fills our thoughts and feelings as it steals our eyes. In Thinking of You, 1988–89, a painting of a chair set in a wide expanse of lawn with a thicket of pines in the distant horizon, the surface seems to be materializing as we regard it. It appears to us as pure image, floating or, better yet, rising toward the viewer. The contrast between brightness and shadow serves to bathe the image in a superheated atmosphere

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