The glave kocen gallery is hitting the pause button for two very important artists that resonated with the Richmond art community and beyond. Jim and David are gone but certainly not forgotten. For the first time these two fine artists are being honored together in a mesmerizing retrospective of light, love, and a lifetime of passionate painting.
Both painters were born in New York just six years apart and both were engaged in the arts at a young age. When abstract expressionism was in full bloom in the mid fifties, both artist went along to get along but they knew in their hearts something was going to give at some point. Wurtzel admired abstraction but his sensibilities were rooted in representation. He wanted to paint what he saw and what he saw after 1979 was Tuscany. “It was all beautiful, really beautiful. Nothing now is quite like it was then, but the sense of beauty has not gone from me. I still live in Tuscany, though not in Florence, and frequently find myself stopping to look around just like I did forty years ago.” ~ excerpt from “David Wurtzel” published by Syseca. David’s love of what he saw out of his studio window conveys and we are thrilled to exhibit a glimpse of this man’s happy autumn years. A big thank you goes to David’s brother Alan Wurtzel and David’s wife Donatella Marcassa for helping get these works from Italy to America for this retrospective
James DelGrosso starting painting when he was nine years old and preferred that quiet solitude then to be horsing around on the playground with his mates. In his college years at Cooper Union in Manhattan he also was working in abstracts but only because that was the only way New York Painters were working at the time. It wasn’t until the late eighties when Jim cracked the code of what he is known the world over for; his single source of light cascading over large super tight fruit arrangements to Hershey Kisses and everything in between. It was all about the light for Jim but sometimes it was also about shedding light on subjects like old coins because he wanted to relay the artistry and heavier weight missing from today’s pressings of currency. His subjects are lovingly adorned with detail but again what drove Jim to paint was light playing off the surface and he challenged himself constantly in this regard making mundane objects seem majestic. Cudhay’s Gallery was a big support of Jim’s work and we were fortunate enough to carry one successful exhibit with Jim before he passed in 2013. Jim’s wife Eve Eliot has also been generous in helping get ten works to Richmond that has not been shown here before.
For all those patrons that have collected Jim & David’s work, this is a great opportunity to reconnect with their spirit. For those patrons who are not familiar with their work, this exhibit will be eye opening. Please join us the month of May as we pay tribute to Wurtzel & DelGrosso.
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