Gallery 307 is pleased to present Recent Paintings by Hedy O’Beil. This exhibition brings together current works on paper and large paintings on canvas by this New York City artist.
The paintings on paper, “The Black Night Series,” created in the gray days of this past winter, are in black ink and color oil sticks. These densely black abstract paintings, however, are more than just dark drama. O’Beil’s interest in capturing the moment or act of creating is revealed in these spontaneous gestural quality of the work, replete with overlaying spontaneous strokes and marks.
The artist, inspired by de Kooning, Gorky, and ancient Chinese calligraphers’ use of brushstrokes, creates canvases full of color, emotion and movement. In the large canvas Moonglow, a burst of white brushstrokes evoke a huge sphere, or cloud merging from a mauve and green sky, similar to performer on a stage; while a thin curvy line dances across the bottom of the canvas. This movement carries through O’Beil’s other works on canvas, further extending the invitation to the viewer to engage in the performance.
Located in Chelsea, gallery 307 is a program of the Carter Burden Center designed to give a voice to New York City’s re-emerging older professional artists. The Carter Burden Center is a non-profit agency established in 1971 by the late Carter Burden when he was a New York City Councilman. The mission is to promote the well-being of older adults through a continuum of services, advocacy and volunteer programs oriented to individual, family and community needs. For more information about the Carter Burden Center and its programs, visit www.carterburdencenter.org.
Hedy O’Beil Bio
Hedy O’Beil received her M.A. from Goddard College in Vermont, and has studied painting at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School, and worked under several artists of renown. She has an extensive exhibition record, and her work is held in several collections, including the Library of Congress. O’Beil’s work has been recognized with many awards and honors, and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Florsheim Art Fund, and The Reger Foundation. Hedy O’Beil currently lives and continues to make work in New York, NY.