The Bowery Gallery in Chelsea is currently presenting an exhibition of recent paintings by artist Ian Tornay. With each of his works, Tornay makes use of rhythmic patterns with his vivid brushstrokes and shades of green and blue, illustrating scenes of Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Cranberry Island, in Maine.
These paintings capture elements of nature as well as images capturing the essence of the simple, small town neighborhoods such as in Belmont Hills #1 and Belmont Hills #2 that feature a group of townhouses surrounded by trees. Paintings like Cranberry Island depict pure, natural beauty illustrating a scene of a forest and the light blue color of the lake out in the distance. The piece also suggests a sense of isolation as a small cabin sits in the grassy area.
In addition to his landscape paintings, Tornay also offers a several still life paintings such as Cone, Cube, and Hammer which illustrates the aforementioned objects, plus a dark blue pail, a tea cup, a vase, a wine glass, and a couple of wine bottles laid out a wooden table with a purple cloth beneath the items.
Tornay lives and works in Philadelphia and currently teaches interior design at the Delaware College of Art and Design.
At the Bowery Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., through Sept. 28. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m.—6 p.m. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Saturday, Sept. 7th from 3—6 p.m.