The Mayor’s Gallery presents The Enjoyable Landscape: Paintings by Robert Selkowitz
Art inspired by scenes that arouse a sense of beauty
March 1 – April 28, 2022
Reception: Thursday, March 17 from 5:30 -7:30pm
The enjoyment of scenery employs the mind without fatigue and yet exercises it, tranquilizes it and yet enlivens it; and thus, through the influence of the mind over the body, gives the effect of refreshing rest and reinvigoration of the whole system.
Frederick Law Olmstead, Landscape Architect and creator of Central Park
I work from life and paint what I see as a representational landscape painter. My vision unfolds through the perception of my senses, my heart and my soul. I look for beauty and celebrate it. In healthcare settings, a landscape view, especially with a water feature, is therapeutic, relieving stress and pain. This is the effect Olmstead describes and is a natural response for human beings in our natural world.
When I find a scene that arouses my sense of Beauty, I look for a composition that could be translated into a painting. In this I am experiencing what Andrew Jackson Downing, writing in 1850, described in his definition of Beauty as the profound and thrilling satisfaction which we experience in contemplating the external works of God...It is a worship, by the heart, of a higher perfection manifested in material form.
Finding scenes that inspire this sense of Beauty and seeing compositions that would make a painting, led me to create the works in this exhibition. They are all paintings of real places.
Robert Selkowitz was born and raised in Stamford and Fairfield County and was influenced by the natural environment living by Long Island Sound. He began painting landscapes as an undergraduate at Cornell University and eventually went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. An interest in Victorian architecture through motifs of porches and veranda led to many paintings and publications in magazines, posters, cards and calendars. The works embodied repose and relaxation and found a response in many healthcare settings, homes and offices.
To view more of Robert’s work visit: robertselkowitz.com
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