Opening Reception: Friday, October 5, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Terence Netter has been an artist and educator most of his life. His impressive educational resume includes Assistant Professor of Art and Philosophy at Fordham University, Professor of Fine Arts at Santa Clara University, founding Director of the Paul Mellon Art Center at Choate-Rosemary Hall, Director of the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, and Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Jacksonville University. He currently teaches art history at the Abbey in Pontlevoy France near his house in the beautiful and inspiring Loire Valley, where he lives with his wife, Therese, and spends many months each year painting and writing.
Netter’s artistic resume is just as remarkable. His first one-man show was presented at the Allen Funt Gallery on Madison Avenue just after earning his MFA from George Washington University. He has had many one-man shows at various institutions including the Frank Rehn Gallery on Madison Avenue in New York City, the Bolles Gallery in San Francisco, the Espace Mauricio Cordero in Tours, the Woodward Gallery on Eldridge St in New York City and at the Eur Am Center for International Studies at the Abbey in Pontlevoy, France.
Writing about Netter’s work in 2009, Jan Siesling PhD (critic, La Nouvelle Republique) said: “He has perfectly captured the special light and perfumed air of the Loire Valley. He is an offspring of the abstract expressionists, many of whom he knew personally. In a true sense he is an action painter, stating quite frankly as did Jackson Pollock, that a painting has a life of its own. Terence has not changed but has evolved. Are these paintings realistic? We recognize our world with its sun and its moon, its trees and its fields and its flowers and its ancient villages in perspective. But what is most striking is the horizon. Calmly he invites us to enter an ideal land and go beyond the horizon.”
Netter’s paintings are captivating and intriguing. Even in their simplicity and abstraction they still transport the viewer to a definite location, showing clearly an incredible specificity and accuracy within the artist’s eye. While certainly not photo-realistic, Netter’s landscapes, when compared with photos of the same location, capture a level of perfection in the quality of light and perspective that makes the relationship between location and painting one of pure symbiosis.
Gallery North is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 5 and Sunday 12 – 5.
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