March 2 - April 14, 2018
MJFA is pleased to present IN DIALOGUE, a group exhibition featuring paintings by Chester Arnold, Ross Bleckner, Ken Elliott, and Lawrence Kelsey. This exhibition will run from March 6 - April 14, 2018, with an opening reception on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. There will be a walk-through with Lawrence Kelsey during the reception.
In the Country, By the Sea-- Parts I and II
June 24 - September 1, 2016
Madelyn Jordon Fine Art is pleased to present In the Country, By the Sea, on view from June 24 to August 20, 2016. The exhibition will survey paintings, works on paper, prints and sculpture by 17 artists that reference the land and the sea. Spanning over 60 years, the works will range in style, from plein aire impressionism, to realism to total abstraction, pushing the limits of a traditionally representational genre.
LAWRENCE KELSEY: An American in Paris
October 24 - December 6, 2014
Madelyn Jordon is pleased to present LAWRENCE KELSEY: An American in Paris, New York painter Lawrence Kelsey’s seventh solo exhibition with the gallery from October 24 through December 6, 2014. The exhibition will consist of twenty oil paintings, created in the past two years. The opening reception will be held Friday, October 24, 6-8 pm. The artist will be present and the public is invited. Previews and private showings are by appointment only.
LAWRENCE KELSEY: New York: Redux
March 8 - April 20, 2013
LAWRENCE KELSEY: NEW YORK: REDUX
March 8 – April 20, 2013
Madelyn Jordon Fine Art is pleased to present a sixth solo exhibition of new works by New York painter Lawrence Kelsey entitled New York Redux from March 8 – April 20, 2013. An opening reception will be held Fri., March 8, 2013 from 6-8PM. The artist will be present and the public is invited. Previews and private showings are by appointment only.
This exhibition of recent paintings demonstrates Kelsey’s continuing focus on the sights and scenes around New York City. Familiar views of iconic landmarks such as The Chrysler Building, Central Park, Gramercy Park and the East River continue to dominate as favorite subject matter for the artist. For the first time, Kelsey has ventured downtown to Wall Street with a dynamic painting of the Woolworth building. This work, Woolworth Building, depicts the mid-afternoon sun reflecting off the cement and marble historical buildings of the financial district. Kelsey’s vantage point, looking down Broadway, past Trinity Church, beckons us to travel the length of the avenue, to the historic building.
Another midday painting, Central Park Afternoon depicts inhabitants of New York City enjoying the luscious landscape which is a rarity for Kelsey. The lush green foliage in this painting generates a feeling of tranquility and peace in the big city while giving a sense of leisure and community amongst the fast pace of Manhattan.
Some of Kelsey’s most admired works are the beautiful orange hued sunsets that glisten behind the steel urban landscapes of Manhattan as seen in Downtown Skyline and Tug. Here, the sunset projects an orange glow across the cold grey city in March creating anticipation of springtime with longer and warmer days to come. Rays from the sunset pass between the buildings and if you close your eyes the warmth of the sun can be felt on your face. The tugboat in the foreground creates anticipation of balmy day boating activities that occur around Manhattan in the warmer months.
The exhibition features several impressionist, nighttime city skyline scenes of Midtown and the East River that Kelsey is best known for stylistically. In Midtown Rooftops, Night, we are reminded of the damp nighttime fog blanketing the lights of inhabited buildings in the city. The hazy, impressionist scene is heightened by the heat escaping through the grates of the occupied buildings adding to the murky and dramatic atmosphere.
Kelsey’s long-term love affair with New York City, especially the island of Manhattan, has been the subject of his artistic oeuvre for over thirty years. Kelsey’s signature style, a meeting of the abstract with the representational, the spiritual with the mundane reveals the poetry, and rhythm of life in the big city, reflected in its rivers, parks, rooftops and streets.
Born in Ohio, Kelsey moved to New York with his family at the age of three, and was raised in New Rochelle. He attended The Art Students League in Manhattan, studying with Vaclav Vytlacil and Beverly Hale. His work is included in numerous private and public collections, including The New York Historical Society, Merrill Lynch, Pfizer, Black Rock and Structure Tone.
Lawrence Kelsey: New York, Dawn to Dusk
October 2 - November 14, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Lawrence Kelsey: “New York, Dawn to Dusk”
October 2 – November 14, 2009
Madelyn Jordon Fine Art is pleased to present a fourth solo exhibition of new works by New York painter Lawrence Kelsey entitled Lawrence Kelsey: “New York, Dawn to Dusk” from October 2 – November 14, 2009. An opening reception will be held Fri, October 2, 2009 from 6-8PM. The artist will be present and the public is invited. Previews and private showings are by appointment only.
The exhibition of oil paintings and works on paper introduces a new series of works by the artist, whose continuing fascination with New York City’s ever-changing landscape provides for fresh interpretations of the city. Grand vistas of iconic landmarks, as well as the dazzling New York skyline are prominently featured in Kelsey’s new works, but COLOR is the star here. The artist traverses New York’s urbanscape through the seasons and hours, recording his favorite haunts: the Chrysler Building amid the stillness of a purple dawn, Times Square’s nightly hustle and bustle afire in orange and yellow, Downtown’s rainbow of colors reflected from sky to water, and the deep blues of night skies against glowing buildings of the skyline. Through his use of color, drama is created in each work, conveying the unique energy and resultant mood that is New York.
New York City, especially the island of Manhattan, has been the focus of Kelsey’s artistic oeuvre for over twenty years. A classically trained artist, Kelsey’s recent works range from the abstract to the representational, from the poetic and emotional to the straightforward and unsentimental. Responding to both psychological and geographical elements of the city, the artist conveys the effect of being in certain places, and reveals the poetry and rhythm of urban life, reflected in its parks, rooftops, streets, bridges, and waterways. As noted by art historian Berit Fischer, the architectural structures of a city’s framework hold society, culture and human experience within its grasp. Here, New York’s architectural structures - the familiar and iconic - act as structure both for the paintings and our experience with them. Employing saturated hues of high key color, the artist draws us in to a New York of his own invention and invites us to enjoy it in our own way.
Born in Ohio, Kelsey moved to New York with his family at the age of three, and was raised in New Rochelle. He attended The Art Students League in Manhattan, studying with Vaclav Vytlacil and Beverly Hale. His work is included in numerous private and public collections, including The New York Historical Society, Merrill Lynch, Pfizer, and Black Rock.
Tues - Sat, 10:30am - 5:30pm
Lawrence Kelsey: New York in Bloom
April 11 - May 24, 2008
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Lawrence Kelsey - "New York Idyll: Scenes of Central Park"
February 2 - March 24, 2007
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LAWRENCE KELSEY: "A New York State of Mind"
September 9 - October 15, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Exhibition: “LAWRENCE KELSEY: A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND”
Location: 14 Chase Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Date: September 9 – October 15, 2005
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