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Randall Deihl

Clark Gallery

ALONG WITH SCOTT PRIOR and the late Gregory Gillespie, painter Randall Deihl has earned the moniker “Valley Realist” with his painstakingly detailed oil portraits and nostalgic, campy vignettes. Most of the twenty-nine still-lifes, portraits, and landscapes recently on view capture the scenes and characters of Deihl's beloved Pioneer Valley in rural western Massachusetts. Quirky yet familiar images of old bottle collectors, wizened farmers, and elderly couples in laundromats fill panels and canvases ranging in scale from eleven by ten inches to four by seven feet. Deihl is also fascinated by roadside kitsch: shingled trailers, pink plastic flamingos, garden Madonnas, “Frosty Joy” ice-cream stands, and giant fiberglass Indians along the Mohawk Trail.

Deihl embellishes everyday reality with exaggerated scale, intensified lighting, and heightened colors worthy of Disney studios. He often

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