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Scott Prior

Alpha Gallery

Ranging in size from the 5-by-4-inch miniature, LAUNDRY AT TWILIGHT, 1992, to the 72-by-96-inch MARLOES AND EZRA, 1990, Scott Prior’s meticulously executed oil paintings are moody and evocative.

Though traditional in form, Prior’s images are imbued with a mystical quality—reflective of his seemingly edenic life in rural Northampton, Massachusetts—that sets them apart from more academic painting. Through his deliberate arrangement of form, color, and lighting, and his assimilation of the techniques of Northern Renaissance painting, Prior establishes himself as a contemporary genre painter.

Echoes of winter landscapes by Brueghel and Caspar David Friedrich resound in the delicate BARBECUE IN WINTER, 1991. The passage of time, a consistent theme in Prior’s work, is suggested here by a singular brick barbecue partially covered with snow. Beneath an eerily translucent sky, this mundane symbol of

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