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The Paul Thiebaud Gallery is pleased to present its second show in San Francisco of realist landscape paintings by Philadelphia and San Diego-based artist, Celia Reisman. Opening on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Celia Reisman: Recent paintings will be on view through Saturday, June 13, 2015.

 Reisman is moved by the overlooked, ordinary places we inhabit.  Her realist landscape paintings, recalling the style of the American Regionalist painters, Thomas Hart Benton in particular, develop from observation, memory and her fascination with geometry and structure.  Though she observes and records directly from nature and life—as illustrated in the accompanying studies on paper for several of the paintings on canvas included in the show—her renderings are not naturalistic.  She is not focused on representing color and perspective as it exists in actuality, but on interpreting them through the use of vibrant hues and flattened perspective.

 As she explains, “Things are complex to me, and I have tried to order the images into a clear world that we all recognize, even with its contradictions.  Sometimes the trees don't obey the seasons and hills don't sit in the right location, but I try to use nature to create a picture that feels right for me and reminds me of the place that was the original inspiration for the picture.”

Artist ( Description ): 

Reisman received a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University (1971) and an MFA from Yale School of Art (1978).  She was the recipient of the prestigious Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Fund Purchase award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York.  She was a long-time Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College.  At present, she resides in San Diego, with an additional long-time residence in Merion, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia.

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Paul Thiebaud Gallery
645 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94133

Paul Thiebaud Gallery , San Francisco

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