Two exhibitions opened at Skidmore Contemporary Art on March 24, 2018. Dave Lefner will be featured in a solo exhibition titled “The Medium is the Message.” The artist will give a talk and a demonstration of the medium of linocut from 1-2pm.

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Dave Lefner, Edition of 7, 19″x 35″ Framed: 25”x 41″ 2018

Skidmore Contemporary Art is pleased to celebrate the arrival of spring this year with a two-person exhibition of flower paintings by Alexandra Averbach and Brighton Smith. These artists approach their subject in dramatically different ways but both reveal the intriguing, timeless beauty of flowers.

Averbach was trained as an art historian and paints in a precise style that was inspired by the 17th c Dutch still life painters.
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Alexandra Averbach, Silent Elegance, 2017, oil on canvas, 32″ x 40″

She lives in New York City and obtains her specimens from Manhattan’s famed flower market. Her technique is exacting but on close inspection is based on brushwork that is open and fluid. As a result her paintings seem to breathe with an inner life. Each composition is freshly observed and gives you the feeling that these blossoms are opening right before you.

Brighton Smith is a young expressionist painter. He translates the shapes of his subjects into bold, powerful strokes of paint.
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Brighton Smith, Bubblegum Pink Roses, 2017, oil on panel, 36″ x 36″

He uses his brush to capture the energy in each flower. Petals become dramatic forms that twist and turn through each composition. For him, each blossom is a world that is filled with vitality.

Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4, Santa Monica, CA 90404