ABOUT

The name Painting in New York refers to the intimate relationship all the artists share with painting in New York City.

It also references the “New York School artists” from the mid to late 20th century, in particular the teachings of Hans Hofmann. The painting ideas that Hans Hofmann brought with him from Europe were in direct contradiction to the advertising and graphic work that predominated American visual arts and culture. He taught that the higher purpose of painting was to make something feel three dimensional rather than only look three dimensional, to make something that speaks to all the senses rather than solely to the eyes.

Outside of New York and a few other major cities, the rest of America has very little visual arts tradition. It is a premise of this group that these values from the “New York School artists” can add to and enrich painting throughout the rest of the United States. The artists in this group have all incorporated American culture and modern painting into their pictures. The references include: American film, comic books, billboards, the graphic arts, pop art, and folk art. The diversity and inclusion of styles is something this group feels is very contemporary and American. 

Originally from west Michigan, Mr. Loftis’ vision for the Painting in New York group was to create a context to see each other’s solutions and experiments with form, space and color, and to further the conversation started by artists like Arthur Dove, Arthur B. Carles, and Hans Hofmann among others. 

 

WHO WE ARE:

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TYLER LOFTIS

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He moved to New York City to attend the New York Studio School (1996-98, 2000-02.) He then studied anatomy at The New York Academy of Art in Tribeca, NYC. He has spent several years studying in Italy and now lives and paints in the East Village. Tyler is founder of the Fire Barn Gallery in Grand Haven, Michigan as well as the creator of the Collectors Show, a biannual fine art exhibition in Grand Rapids, Michigan in partnership with ArtPrize. His work is in private collections in New York City, West Michigan, and Europe. Along with many group and solo shows in New York, Tyler also shows his work in Manhattan with a group he founded called Painting in New York.

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CHRIS PROTAS

Originally from Norwich, Vermont. He went to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle for a year in the early 90’s, then moved back to the east coast to attend The New York Studio School (1996-2000). After fourteen years in New York City, he now divides his time between NYC and Grand Haven, Michigan. He co-directed a fine art gallery in Grand Haven for four years (2012-16). Recent solo shows include Kendall College and The Fire Barn Gallery, both in Michigan and he has exhibited in many group shows in Michigan and New York City. Chris is part of the 'Painting in NY' group that has exhibited five times throughout Manhattan since the mid 2000's.

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DOV TALPAZ

Born in Bryan, Texas and grew up in Israel. He studied at The New York Studio School from 1999–2002 with artists Mercedes Matter and Rosemary Beck. He has exhibited extensively locally and internationally, including recent solo shows at Slag Gallery (NYC) and EGMS Studio (Austria), as well as in group shows at William Holman Gallery (NYC), Fire Barn Gallery (Michigan), and Muskegon Museum of Art (Michigan), among many others. His work has been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, Erev Rav Magazine for Art, Whitehot Magazine, Artcritical.com, W Magazine, and Calcalist newspaper. Talpaz currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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Joren Lindholm

Received his BFA, cum laude, from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. He later moved to New York City where, from 1996 to 1998, he attended the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. In 2004, Lindholm received his MFA in Painting at the American University in Washington, D.C. He has been the recipient of the Milton Avery scholarship in Art and the Beverly Creighton scholarship, and was a Post Baccaleaureate fellow in art education at Knox College. He has been a guest lecturer and assistant instructor at the Delaware College of Art and Design, York College, Corcoran College of Art and Design and American University. Residencies include the Vermont Studio Center, Pyramid Atlantic Center for Printmaking and the Charles Cecil Studio in Florence, Italy. His work has been exhibited in New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Beijing, and New Delhi. He currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.

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Jason Eisner

A native son of Illinois, migrated to NYC to study art at the New York Studio School (1996-1998.) He lives in Brooklyn NY, where he continues his image making. His exhibitions include: FOUNDATION BS Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa, 2011; Students of Matter Five Alive (On the Backs of Animals) Jack the Pelican, Brooklyn, NY, 2009; Knuckle Head Blues, Bushwick NY, 2007. Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, 2010;

 
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Mariangela Fremura

Born and raised in Livorno, Italy, now lives in the East Village of NYC. Her studies have taken her to the American Academy in Florence (1999), The University of Rome (Masters Degree in Art History, 2000) and to the New York Studio School (2000-2002.) While a student in Italy, she was an assistant to the painter Paul Harbutt, and painted the set design for a production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at the Coliseum Theatre in Rome. Her shows in NYC include: Painting in NY Fifth Show, Chelsea, 2010, Bowery Gallery Annual Juried Show, 2009, Pianting in NY Fourth Show, NYC, and In Spiritus RKL Gallery, Brooklyn, 2005.

 
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Jason Williamson 

Studied at The New York Studio School from 1999-2002, and currently lives in his home state of Illinois. He has had studios in several different cities in the US. His interest in painting has also taken him to Europe and India. Some of his recent shows: There and Back Again, traveling show: Holland, Grand Haven, and Grand Rapids, MI, 2009-10; American Paintings solo show at Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, NY, 2008; Group Show Iron Fish Gallery, Beacon, NY, 2008.