The Bowery Gallery in Chelsea is featuring a collection of paintings by Jane Culp for a show titled Earthquake Country. For this show, Culp presents several oil and watercolor landscape paintings of scenes from the great outdoors of Southern California and neighboring states, where earthquakes most often occur.
She paints deserts, hills, and rocky mountains, including those of the Eastern Sierra Nevada, and the Anza Borrego Desert of Colorado. Culp illustrates the beauty of these places and engages the viewer so much that he or she can feel the openness and surrounding fresh air. She emphasizes the steepness of the hills or pointy, sharp structure of the rocky mountains with her rhythmtic brushstrokes, shown in pieces like Swimming Ravens Nest Peak illustrating a mountain with zigzag patterns. A similar image, Slanted Rockpile, depicts a tall mountain of rocks gathered on an uneven plane of land, tilting to the side.
In a piece titled Wish for Rain, she illustrates a deserted area where thick, smoky black clouds dominate more than half of the image hovering above land, for dramatic effect. Similarly, the painting Winter’s Deluge, depicts a fierce, howling storm with fierce waters illustrated by rapid brushstrokes.
At The Bowery Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., through Nov. 23rd. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.