ORIGINAL ARTICLE OCTOBER 2010 | http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/node/1904047
Two weeks ago (we’re a little late on this) artist, Norman Sunshine launched an exhibition his most recent landscape paintings and his highly expressive horse pastels at the Morrison Gallery in Kent, Connecticut. In addition to the current work, gallerist Bill Morrison selected a number of earlier pieces from Sunshine’s years in Los Angeles where he was born and grew up.
The range of work and exploration of media add up to a mini-retrospective. The show takes the viewer on a surprising journey reflecting emotional experiences and surroundings that affected the artist’s outlook on life as well as his art – and transformed them into the realm of color, form and space. From hard-edge, cool, realistic figurative paintings of alienation of the 70s, to the emotionally charged and more abstract paintings, sculpture and steel wall reliefs of the 80s, and finally, when Sunshine decided to move to the east and settle permanently in Washington, Connecticut, how the sights, colors and impressions, affected and radically changed his work.
The exhibition takes the viewer on a surprising journey, of place, inspiration, daring and transformation. Norman’s work is in national museums and in some of the most important private and corporate collections in the country. His paintings and sculpture may be viewed at http://www.normansunshine.com or http://www.themorrisongallery.com. Mr. Morrison said, “This will be an exciting and revelatory show of one our most talented New England artists.”
The artist and his partner Alan Shayne have been Litchfield County residents for quite some time, as well as residents of Manhattan. The opening night exhibition brought out many of their New York/Litchfield County friends.