PAINTINGS OF WASHINGTON D.C.
19 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER 2015
OPENING RECEPTION, THURSDAY 19 NOVEMBER, 5 – 7 PM
Bernarducci Meisel Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition for Charles Jarboe featuring paintings of Washington, D.C. This will be the artist’s sixth exhibition with the Gallery. This series of paintings of our nation’s capital depicts the city’s important national monuments and parks, including but not limited to the National Mall, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial. The scenic backdrop varies between paintings, showing all four seasons and highlighting the beauty of Washington, D.C. throughout the year. Jarboe’s emphasis on the sky gives his compositions a linear effect, drawing the viewer’s eye across the painting to where all elements meet neatly at the horizon line. In Jarboe’s paintings, American history—here represented by Washington, D.C.’s classicizing temple-fronted buildings, obelisks, and other impressive monuments—has achieved a sense of harmony.
In Jarboe’s painting Paddle Boats on the Tidal Basin (2015, oil on panel, 36 x 54 inches), a disparate crowd gazes contentedly into the Tidal Basin, the reservoir between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel. They are dwarfed by colossal flowering trees, whose branches hang down into the foreground under the weight of countless pale pink blossoms. Paddle boats are visible on the water under a cloudless blue sky; in the distance, the great dome and colonnade of the Jefferson Memorial juts up from the horizon.
In Springtime on the Mall (2015, oil on panel, 36 x 48 inches), the vast grassy lawn of the National Mall directs the eye to the Washington Monument, which cuts upward through the background like a beacon. Tiny figures wander through the idyllic scene, some gravitating towards the Smithsonian Carousel at left while others trail towards the Smithsonian Institution Building, aptly nicknamed The Castle, which emerges above the tree line, its highest tower topped by a single American flag.
Charles Jarboe, born in 1956, has a familial legacy dating back to the mid-17th century in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the Lemillet Commercial Art School and has had solo exhibitions at Marin-Price Gallery in his hometown of Baltimore and Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York City. His work has been featured in American Arts Quarterly, American Art Collector, Forbes Magazine, Art in America, and American Artist Magazine.
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.