Le Quattro Volte
November 2 - 18, 2017
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, November 2, 6:00–8:30pm
Le Quattro Volte is a new masterpiece two years in the making from established Canadian Realist painter Barry Oretsky. Barry deems his painting to be "realism," despite a tendency for others to use the term photorealism. He works painstakingly to create works that surpass the complexity of his photography, which he uses as source material, thus creating something beyond photorealism.
Famed New York art historian Donald Kuspit wrote of Barry: "Oretsky is indeed a new Old Master, not only because he has Old Master skills—rare among contemporary artists—but because he uses them to master appearances, refreshing them so that they seem more real than reality, and thus always bright with being, like the light that shines in his works, sometimes through shadow."
"This painting represents many of the concerns and goals which as a representational painter have motivated and driven my creative efforts. I have striven to produce a work which incorporates my need to bring to the canvas a kind of living experience, one which illustrates the struggle to add something to an art continuum which has nourished me for a lifetime.
My works take many months to produce and the journey or gestational process encompasses a coming to terms with the medium, the vehicle that is itself the carriage that not only transports the ideas and intent of the process but in the end educates and illuminates the way."
– Barry Oretsky