Northern Light - New Show Opens at Gallery One
Henry Isaacs and Craig Mooney pair-up to exhibit at one of Nashville’s premier art galleries
Both artists work magic with light and are from the north. It was very fitting to name the show Northern Light.
January 13, 2012 (Nashville, TN)…Maine painter Henry Isaacs pairs up with Craig Mooney for the an upcoming show at Gallery One, which will kick off with an Opening Reception for the artists on Saturday, March 31st, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition runs March 27th through April 28th.
Henry Isaacs is a teacher, activist, plein-air painter, writer and curator... Henry Isaacs is a traveler. Whether capturing the verdant Tennessee hills or the rocky coast of Maine where his studio is based, Isaacs' signature plein air paintings explore the natural and inhabited landscape with a distinct and vibrant vision.
Isaacs' 40-year career as a painter began with the study of human anatomy, or figurative work. While attending the Slade School of Fine Art at University College in London, Isaacs began taking long walks in the outdoors, and thus began a transition to painting landscapes en plein air. Today, the subjects for Henry's oil paintings are often reachable only by hiking or back country skiing.
As a curator, Isaacs has overseen several notable exhibitions, including "Unforgettable Fire: Drawings from Hiroshima," which represented the first showing in the United States of the Hiroshima Peace Foundation's collection of 100 drawings by survivors of the atomic bomb. Isaacs also continues to serve as an activist in promoting understanding and research in health fields and uses his art to raise funds for a breast cancer cure. He lectures frequently on the use of visual imagery as a tool for coping with, and understanding tragedy.
Isaacs received his diploma in Printmaking from the Slade School of Fine Art at University College in London and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. He taught anatomical drawing at the Dartmouth Medical School’s Edward E. Koop Institute and later served as a painting and printmaking instructor at Massachusetts College of Art and at Provincia d’Arezzo in Arezzo, Italy.
Isaacs vibrant, distinctive landscapes are in many prominent collections worldwide, including those of former First Lady Laura Bush; Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, Nashville, TN; Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Washington, D.C.; the American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C.; Clorox Corporation, San Francisco, CA; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, NH; Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC; Great American Ski Company, ME, NH, VT, CO;
Hyatt Hotels, Chicago, IL; Inn at Loretto, Sante Fe, NM; Menorah Hospital, Kansas City, MO;
Omni Georgetown Hotel, Washington, D.C.; SAS Institute, Raleigh, NC; Texaco Corporation, New York, NY; U.S. Department of State, Overseas Embassies; Westin Hotels, Seattle, WA and Denver, CO; and many others.
Isaacs has also received grants and awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.; Vermont Council on the Arts; Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities; The Boston Globe Foundation; Massachusetts Foundation on the Humanities and Public Policy; and The Hitachi Foundation.
Painter Craig Mooney’s roots in art go back to his youth as a child living in Midtown Manhattan. The son of a physician and avid amateur painter, Mooney would often scour office-building rubbish bins for art supplies as a boy. The city was an immensely inspirational place for the young artist, especially on weekends when the city streets would empty and leave a vast canyon of office towers to be explored.
Mooney left New York in 1988 to attend Wheaton College in Massachusetts just outside of Boston, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. During and after college he worked with the filmmaking team Merchant Ivory Productions in New York and Texas, as well as in London. Some of these productions include ''Ballad of the Sad Cafe,'' ''Remains of the Day,'' and ''Howard's End.'' The influence of Mooney’s early work in set design for film, in fact, is evident in Mooney’s loose brushwork – quick, broad strokes which communicate a sense of movement.
Mooney secured his first large commissioned work from New York Hospital in 1995, which resulted in a series of commissioned paintings for the hospital and Cornell Medical College. Earnings from this early commission allowed the artist to move to rural Vermont to set up a studio, where he resides today.
Mooney's focus now is in painting semi-abstract landscapes, figurative work, and urban scenes – scenes that evoke a familiarity in viewers but are painted strictly from imagination. "I set out to translate the emotional impact of a place," says Mooney. "What is important is the reduction of elements to their essential components. It is the shifting of weather, the shifting of light that interests me."
Mooney's work is in the collections of New York Hospital, New York, NY; Cornell Medical College, New York, NY; Merchant Ivory Films, New York, NY/London, UK; and The Browning School, New York, NY, among others.
Gallery One, located at 5133 Harding Pike in the Belle Meade Galleria, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and by appointment. For more information about the exhibition call 615-352-3006 or visit www.galleryone.biz.
Gallery One is Nashville's source for exceptional, contemporary fine art. Located in the historic Belle Meade area of Nashville, the spacious gallery features a broad range of original works by more than 30 talented artists from the Southeast and beyond - from emerging talent to the well established. Founded in 2005, the gallery has earned a strong reputation for its selection of fine art and steadfast commitment to its artists and clients. The gallery, which shows paintings, sculpture, and works on paper, strives to provide the highest standards in art as well as in service.
Solo and group exhibitions are held at the gallery throughout the year, as well as a range of other special events, including Art After Hours, held the first Thursday of every month.
The gallery, located in a district popular for its art and antiques, is less than a mile from several of the region's top cultural and recreational attractions, including Cheekwood Museum of Art and Botanical Gardens, Belle Meade Plantation and Percy Warner Parks, and less than a 10-minute drive from downtown Nashville and Vanderbilt University.