WESTPORT — The Dedee Shattuck Gallery presents "Beyond Likeness: Paintings and Drawings by Robert Anderson and John Borowicz" on display through Oct. 27.
Both residents of Dartmouth, Anderson and Borowicz exemplify the talent and artistic richness of the SouthCoast community. Borowicz has regularly shown work in New York City and has had work selected for the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Anderson, who has spent a lifetime as an established portrait artist, is perhaps best known for his rendering of former President George W. Bush, a painting that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The art in and of realism and portraiture, though sometimes foreign to the contemporary art world, remains an age-old fascination, a celebrated artistic expression, one that requires extreme skill and training. What is it about portrait painting that, even in a world of photography and movies and computer imagery, continues to draw in viewers? Is there something beyond simply the likeness of the sitter, something more imbued in the paint?
In the words of Anderson, “My goal has always been to capture both visual and spiritual likeness in an engaging and natural way. The faithful portrayal of a relaxed sitter is likely to evoke the essence of something appealing and familiar about that person, sometimes even to an unacquainted observer.”
Borowicz writes that, “Painting can be many things. I make no claim that one of its many manifestations is more important than any other. It can be argued perhaps that through the vehicle of portraiture, painting has the opportunity to operate close to its full potential. When it is imbued with palpable and psychological energy, a portrait delivers an undeniable, if not profound impact — the viewer is linked with subject and painter in a web of identity and empathy that pushes us toward an understanding of what it means to be, to see, and to be seen....”
The exhibition will run from through Oct. 27 with an opening reception on Sunday, Oct. 6, 5 - 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Dedee Shattuck Gallery is located at 1 Partners Lane, Westport. Gallery hours are Wed. - Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. noon to 5 p.m. Artist receptions and exhibitions are free and open to the public.