Ian Tornay: Four Seasons of Plein Air Landscape

Bowery Gallery

530 W 25th St #404, New York

April 25 - May 20, 2017

Ian Tornay’s exhibit of recent paintings opens at the Bowery Gallery Tuesday, April 25, and continues through May 20.

Tornay, who paints landscapes in and around Philadelphia, has been discussed in the New Republic and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In oil paintings of creeks around Philadelphia Tornay works with rhythmic brushstrokes and intensified color to evoke nature’s structures. His plein air landscapes offer a straightforward approach with an impressionist’s spontaneity and a romanticist’s lyricism. Tornay avoids imposing preconceived strategies onto the canvas. Instead his brushwork and color harmony elicits nature’s grand or intimate moments. The brushstrokes contrast general with specific, near with far, calm with energetic; he does so with careful observation and prolonged contemplation. For Tornay, painting brings a sense of connection with the environment. He enjoys exploring new places and returning to old haunts including Maine, Vermont and Rhode Island and will return numerous times to the same motif.

Tornay will also exhibit street views of Philadelphia and still life paintings created in his Germantown, Philadelphia studio. In cityscapes he depicts the gritty, dilapidated charm of old Philadelphia streets. His still lives, which are exhibited nationally with Zeuxis, an association of still life painters, capture the sensuality of domestic arrangements inside a Victorian carriage house.

Originally from New York, Ian Tornay lives near Philadelphia and teaches at the Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington, DE as the area coordinator for interior design. He was educated as an architect at the Cooper Union, NYC before receiving an MFA in painting from Queens College, NYC.

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