Lawrence Cromwell describes his work as “a dark and sardonic roller coaster ride for adults.” Indeed, Cromwell’s brightly colored paintings speak of playful yet heady metaphors. Dappled with twisting chains of erratic drawings, his paintings reflect a meditation “on the tangle and chaotic pulse of consciousness that swings from the poignant to the prurient.” Stylistically and symbolically, he borrows from both low and high art to illustrate themes such as domestic anxiety, consumption and accumulation; which transcend into ghost-like expressions of their effect on the human psyche.
Cromwell currently lives in Maryland where he is adjunct faculty at Towson University. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee and his Masters of Fine Arts form the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited in the Providence area, in Maryland, Washington DC and New York.
Dan Talbot’s new body of en plein air paintings steps back from the dense and visceral style of his former abstractions and points toward an outward investigation of color and the transient effects of light on the landscape. His new work captures the essence of place with a softer pallet of color and offers new views of calm immediacy; a hazy snapshot of stillness and contemplation.
Talbot received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2007, he was awarded with Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Merit Award in Painting and has recently been selected for an arts residency at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. He has exhibited in galleries throughout Rhode Island and North America including a group show entitled “Tedious Limbs” at Deitch Projects in New York City, and most recently at The Current Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. Dan Talbot lives in Providence, Rhode Island.