SUMMIT, NJ - Kent Place School Art Department Chair Carey Gates will exhibit his paintings and drawings at The Kent Place Gallery beginning September 8, and continuing through October 3. There will be a reception for the artist from 6-8 p.m. on September 26.
Gates’ works in this show are all based on observation and study of the visible world. He approaches subjects from landscape to still life with clarity and directness, apprehending proportion, placement and the effects of light using paint on canvas or charcoal on paper.
“Art making for me is infinitely tied to observation. I lose myself in the observation and analysis of static objects,” stated Gates. “In the process I discover beauty, harmony and at times disharmony, of shape, color, tone, texture, movement, space and mood. The visual problem solving that I revel in as I create is translating this beauty, harmony and disharmony into visual manifestation on the paper or canvas. I try to capture in my subjects, be it still life, landscape or figure, moments that I have frozen in time through observation.”
“This is Carey’s first exhibition at Kent Place Gallery, and will allow the school community to know Carey more fully as an artist,” stated Kent Place Gallery Director Ken Weathersby. “His attention to creating carefully observed representational works is built upon traditional practices of visual art, and reinforces the notion that art is first and foremost about seeing. Slowing down to understand our relationship to real objects in real space seems important now when so much of what we look at is mediated, flattened and digital. Some of Carey’s paintings call to mind the way post-impressionist painters turned to a broad handling of color that still never failed to grapple with the complexity of actual things. Of course, there is always the example of Georgio Morandi closer to our own time, showing how apparent simplicity can mean so much.”
Gates has been an Upper School art teacher and Upper School Department Chair at Kent Place since 2013. He holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and has previously exhibited his work at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey in Summit, York Arts in York, PA, and at The Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, among other venues.
The Kent Place Gallery is on the campus of Kent Place School, located at 42 Norwood Avenue. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (908) 273-0900, or visit www.kentplace.org/gallery.