Five Landscape Paintings

Five Landscape Paintings

Five Landscape Paintings will bring warmth to winter’s cold days by presenting large landscape paintings of summer. In these paintings, each of the five artists, Lois Dodd, Rackstraw Downes, April Gornik, Vaino Kola, and Neil Welliver, is engaged in recording the landscape in a singular way.

Lois Dodd was born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1927. From 1945 to 1948 she attended The Cooper Union in New York. In 1952 she was one of the artists to establish the Tanager Gallery, where she exhibited until 1962. From 1971 to 1992 Dodd taught at Brooklyn College, and has, since 1980, served on the Board of Governors of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is an elected member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and National Academy of Design.

Rackstraw Downes, a native of Kent, England, earned his BFA and MFA at Yale. He spent twelve years as a professor of painting at University of Pennsylvania, and in 1999 was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Downes lives and works in New York.

April Gornik, born in Cleveland in 1953, is a painter and printmaker currently living and working in New York. She has shown extensively, in one-person and group shows, in the United States and abroad. Her work is owned by many museums including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Vaino Kola was born in Finland in 1937. He was educated in the US, receiving his BFA from MA College of Art and his MFA from Yale. His work has been shown extensively in the United States and in Europe. Kola retired from Wheaton College in 1994, Professor of Art, Emeritus. In 1995 he became a year-round resident of Deer Isle.

Neil Welliver (1929-2005), a Pennsylvania native, graduated from the Philadelphia College of Ar t (now par t of the University of the Arts) and later received his MFA from Yale University, where he studied with the noted abstract artist Josef Albers. From 1956 to 1966 Welliver taught at Yale and from 1966 to 1989 at the University Of Pennsylvania Graduate School Of Fine Art despite having moved to Lincolnville, Maine in 1970. A memorial exhibition was recently held at the Alexandre Gallery in New York City.

April Gornik
Valley Under Water, 1986
Oil on linen