New Paintings

March 16 – April 15, 2006

The Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Julian Hatton . The Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street , 6 th floor and is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 – 6 pm. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, March 16th, from 6-8 pm.

Julian Hatton returns to the Elizabeth Harris Gallery for his first solo show in almost four years. In this new group of oil paintings, most of them modest size (24” x 24”) and painted on canvas glued to wood panel, Hatton remains true to his investigation of the landscape motif. Working in the studio from either a plein-air study or a thumbnail sketch, Hatton dis-members and re-members elements of the natural world, boldly integrating invented and observed shapes and colors. The new work is flatter and more abstract. In responding to nature (places with few man-made structures), Hatton has developed and deployed his own lexicon of shapes and lines which he arranges in innovative ways, following a homemade visual syntax. Hatton's idiosyncratic language of forms, his melding of geometric and naturalistic spatial conventions, his sophisticated yet naive renderings of flora and vistas, all combine to generate a feast of contradictions. Effulgent in color and ebullient in spirit, Hatton's paintings pay tribute to early American Modernists and remain a significant contribution to the idea of “working from nature”.

Julian Hatton was born in Grand Haven, Michigan . He lives and works in New York . His work is in many private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has been awarded grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, NYFA, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information contact Miles Manning at 212 463-9666.