Narrative Figuration

Sheldon Tapley reviews the exhibition Narrative Figuration at the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati on view through June 5, 2011.

Tapley notes that the five painters in the show, Robert Anderson, Daniel O'Connor, Tim Parsley, Emil Robinson and Tina Tammaro, have each committed to "a curiously old-fashioned choice: to keep making pictures by hand, using simple drawing materials, and a grand old medium, oil paint... these painters [also] devote themselves, at least in part, to another old practice: working from 'life.' To use the term invokes particular values: admiration of past accomplishments; identification of the human figure with beauty and meaning; the importance of carefully observing and depicting the visible world."