19 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER 2015
OPENING RECEPTION, THURSDAY 19 NOVEMBER, 5 – 7 PM
Bernarducci Meisel Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition for Dutch painter Tjalf Sparnaay. Sparnaay paints modern-daystill-lifes using the technique of the Dutch Golden Age. Each one of his large scale paintings, either of a Big Burger, Fried Egg, Fruit Salad, or a Barbie, isolates the subject on a monotone background on which the artist flaunts his mastery of chiaroscuro. His subject is always enlarged exponentially—it is always larger than life—and this is what the artist refers to as Mega-Realism.
Big Burger (2015) is a monumental painting of a delicious hamburger and a salt shaker on a dark background. A sesame seed bun tops the mammoth burger that consists of two patties, melting cheese, sautéed onions, and bits of lettuce. Every morsel is perfectly painted. The burger triumphantly sits on a folded starch white napkin. Its light is reflected on the steel surface of the top of the salt shaker and a bit of the juicy burger is expertly painted on the glass.
Fried Egg A (2015) and Fried Egg B (2015) are seemingly identical paintings of fried eggs, sunny side up, on a light blue background. These are a staple of the artist’s oeuvre. We can almost hear the frying pan sizzle as we look at one of these paintings. Sparnaay’s excellent handling of light, no doubt a result of his Dutch ancestry, is evident in these smaller paintings. The viscous mass of the egg is painted with dozens of variations of white and yellow to mimic its reaction to light.
This exhibition will also have large paintings of Donuts (2015), a BLT Sandwich (2015), and a large painting of Tulips (2015).
Sparnaay had a retrospective exhibition at the Museum de Fundatie (17 January – 6 April 2015, Zwolle, The Netherlands). The comprehensive exhibition was a blockbuster. Sparnaay has exhibited internationally in notable museum exhibitions such as From Beginning to Today: The Walda and Sydney Besthoff Collection at the New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, LA). This is his first solo exhibition with Bernarducci Meisel Gallery.
Frank Bernarducci and Louis K. Meisel founded Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in 2000. The gallery is well known for its commitment to established and developing realist artists. The Gallery is located at 37 West 57th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues on the third floor.