Gandy Brodie: City, Country, City Paintings

Gandy Brodie, Anemones in Relief, 1975, oil/canvas, 20 x 16 inches (collection o
Gandy Brodie, Anemones in Relief, 1975, oil/canvas, 20 x 16 inches (collection of Heather Chase)

Eliot Markell blogs about the recent exhibition Gandy Brodie: City, Country, City Paintings at The Painting Center, New York.

Markell writes: "The epitome of Gandy’s oeuvre culminates in his floral paintings. The workman-like stance that inhabits his cityscapes, combines in these still lives with a reverence for the natural world. Pigment bubbles up like some gurgling spring, exuding the essential essence of a delicately fragrant sensibility. Yet these blossoms are encrusted with substantial weight. Their surfaces mask a tremendous burden, exhausted by an exquisite finality. Its as if the slightest additional mark might result in a psychic collapse. This art has reached a peak state of painting that cannot be exceeded. I believe Brodie was a naturalist at heart. His figurative work (both animal and human) inevitably leads to a humanist celebration, but always in the context of architecture as a naturally occurring phenomenon."