border territory

march 13 - april 12, 2008
reception: thursday, march 13, 6-8 pm

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 , 6th floor and is open Tuesday through Saturday 11-6 pm. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, March 13th, from 6-8 pm.

Hatton's paintings exude a curious faith in landscape as source. His refreshingly versatile abstractions, which follow the modest two foot square format of his previous show in 2006, emphasize the enormous pleasure derived from limited means. Hatton plays with the seemingly logical set of relationships that are responsible for any landscape ascription, with compelling results. While often using nature as a starting point, Hatton remains true to the Modernist tenet of inventing one's own language. These new paintings show Hatton extending his idiosyncratic vocabulary, broadening his syntax and pushing his organic shapes to the limits of recognizable depiction. Rich color harmonies and complex compositions change radically as moods shift from exuberant to somber. The paintings show a love of color, process and improvisation, with paint qualities ranging from delicate glazes to rough pentimenti. The extraordinary individuality of each painting suggests a deepening appreciation for how paintings work, while, at the same time, testifying to the inexhaustible possibilities of abstracted landscape.

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, Citicorp, AllianceBernstein and the Steve Winn Collection. He has received awards and grants from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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