The Bowery Gallery in Chelsea is currently presenting a collection of new paintings by Christine Hartman. For her third solo show at the gallery, Hartman offers detailed still life paintings that illustrate scenes of domestic life and emphasize relationships between vision, nature, and art, very much similar to the style of still lifes by Paul Cezanne almost as though the artist was inspired by the legendary French painter.
One truly outstanding work titled Still Life With Oak illustrates an image of two wooden tables standing next to each other and holding an oak, a vase, pitcher, and several bowls and baskets of fruit, with each item painted and drawn in precise detail.
Another intriguing work known as Skull and Blue Pencil portrays a model of a skull resting on a stand on a table, and right in front of the skull is a model of an arm and hand with a blue pencil resting in between. Also on that table are several tools and a coffee cup with an envelope underneath.
Hartman lives and works in Beacon, N.Y., and currently teaches drawing and painting at Western Connecticut State University. More of Hartman’s works can be found on her official website. At The Bowery Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., through March 23. The gallery is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be an opening reception March 2 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.