The landscape has been Brian Rutenberg’s inspiration for decades, although it’s not literally painted in Rutenberg’s abstract works.
LewAllen Galleries presents the show “Brian Rutenberg: Lake,” which opens on April 26 and features oil paintings on linen and paper.
“Art happens when the intellectual and visceral collide head-on at 200 mph; when thinking and feeling smash so violently into one another that they fuse into a third thing,” says Rutenberg in his artist statement about the show. “That’s what I’m after, that slippery, elusive third thing. There is no room for the landscape in a landscape painting, it must be violently ripped out to make room for the third thing.”
Born in South Carolina, Rutenberg grew up between Pawley’s Island and Charleston, in a place where a river and a lake merge with the ocean. His early childhood memories of the natural world around him continue to infiltrate his work.
After earning a master’s degree at the School of Visual Arts in New York City many years ago, Rutenberg continued to call New York home. He is the recipient of a number of awards and scholarships, including the Fulbright Scholarship, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Studio Grant and the Basil H. Alkazzi Award. Rutenberg’s paintings are part of museum and private collections around the country.