John Ferren @ David Findlay Jr.

John Ferren, The Butterfly Bowl, 1956, oil on canvas, 69 x 56 inches (courtesy o
John Ferren, The Butterfly Bowl, 1956, oil on canvas, 69 x 56 inches (courtesy of David Findlay Jr. Gallery)

Peter Malone reviews John Ferren (1905–1970) at David Findlay Jr. Gallery, New York, on view through November 28, 2015.

Malone notes that Ferren's work was "eclectic and wide ranging. What’s clear, even in the small Findlay exhibition, is how Ferren’s lifelong dedication to Zen and to the spiritual in art informed his many styles in ways that likely precluded enticements to choose just one... Ferren’s restive approach led him on many occasions to examine styles for a short period only. He did not so much work outside the mainstream as circle it continuously in a personal and highly meditative quest for meaning."