Opening Reception Saturday, October 24th 5:00 – 7:00pm
Growing up in Brooklyn in the 70’s, Marko Shuhan was surrounded by beautiful art. Murals of vivid colors and unique styles influenced him early on. “Art is a journey for me” notes Marko as he describes his approach to painting. “Most of my painting is done subconsciously, through daydreaming or contemplating metaphysical concepts.” Using pigment as a drawing tool, Marko generates layers allowing a theme, or a certain vibe to come to life. Once a mood occurs, consequent layers and markings respond, react and reflect, causing a drama to unfold. While feeling most in tune with oil painting, Marko finds that all other mediums, whether drawing, painting, printmaking, or screen printing influence and communicate with each other. This healthy dialogue between mediums helps to enrich each one on its own, says Marko. Marko has exhibited throughout New York,
Philadelphia, Chicago and Santé Fe including the Garrison Art Center, The Pearl, NY Coffey Gallery, Katonah Museum of Art, Goliath Visual Space, Zorya Fine Art, Woodstock Artists Association, Ukrainian Institute of Art, and in the Times Warner Building in NYC. His paintings are represented in numerous private collections throughout the United States.
New York Art Critic Stephen Westfall points out that four decades ago, Thorne emerged as a kind of “New Image abstractionist.” “Thorne’s sensitivity and exuberance with color renders the optical energy of her compositions.” Ken Johnson New York Times critic agreed, calling her paintings “Optically captivating, the work conveys a state of visceral and cosmic ecstasy.” Art in America critic Douglas Manson wrote of colors that “seem to produce their own light,” resulting in a strong appeal of “depth without illusionism.” Westfall observes Thorne’s colors remain as exuberant as ever pointing out, “we look through levels of color and decipher spatial conundrums. Thorne dares us to ask more, and then delivers.” In 1979, Thorne was included in Barbara Rose’s seminal exhibition, “American Painting: The Eighties,” at the Grey Gallery at New York University. The next year, she was included in an exhibition of critics’ picks at the Grand Palais in Paris, sponsored by the Société des Artistes Indépendents. Joan received the Prix de Rome in Visual Arts from the American Academy. Museums around the country have acquired Thorne’s paintings for their permanent collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Albright Knox Gallery, the Houston Fine Arts Museum, and the Dallas Museum of Art, among others. Plus The New York Times, Art In America, and ArtNews Magazine.