Berkshire Museum presents Radical Traditionalism, an exhibition of works by two area-based painters, Janet Rickus and Colin Brant, curated by artist and critic, Carol Diehl. Rickus is known for her meticulous still life paintings of fruits and vegetables, while Brant’s subject is lush landscape that often includes vignettes of people at play. Radical Traditionalism opens to the public on November 8, 2013, and will be on view through January 2, 2014.
A Great Barrington resident, Janet Rickus sold her first still life painting in 1983, and since has exhibited widely in New York City and New England, including a 2001 solo exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield. In 2006 she was the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in painting. Her work can be found at Gallery Henoch in New York City; the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, Massachusetts; Quidley & Company in Nantucket and Boston; and the Harrison Gallery in Williamstown, where her paintings will be on exhibition for the month of November. Her work is also part of a group exhibition, Still Life Lives! at the Fitchburg Art Museum through January 12, 2014.
Colin Brant, who was born in California in 1965, has a BA from University of California Santa Cruz, and an MFA from the University of Iowa. He has had solo exhibitions at the Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York and Beth Urdang Gallery in Boston, and in 2011 at the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont. Brant is the recipient of artist fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and in 1998 and 2004, the New York Foundation for the Arts. With his wife, painter Ann Pibal, and young daughter, he divides his time between North Bennington and New York City.
Colin Brant, Private Drive, oil on canvas, 2013
Janet Rickus, Bartlett Pears, oil on canvas, 2013