Illuminations: Nina Davidowitz
Where: Artworks Studio & Gallery
When: February 1 – March 30; Opening reception on First Friday, February 1 from 6-9 PM. A second reception will be held on Friday, March 1 from 6-9 PM with the addition of an exhibition of Nina’s drawings in our classroom.
Born in 1959, American artist Nina Davidowitz has been working professionally for over thirty years. She is a native of Kingston, Pennsylvania where she graduated from Wyoming Seminary High School. Davidowitz received a B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA in 1981, and an M.F.A. in Design from Marywood University, Scranton, PA in 2004. Nina has been creating art since she was a young child, and is a self-taught painter, always exploring new creative venues. The local landscape, with its varied terrain of small cities, suburban towns, forests and farmlands, inspires her work.
Davidowitz was honored to be selected for the “Pennsylvania Governor’s Awards for the Arts” in 2006, and “The Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2011” at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA. Her work can be found in many private and corporate collections.
A portfolio of recent works can be viewed on her website: www.ninadavidowitz.com
This exhibition represents my continued exploration of color, light, and form. The “forms” in my paintings come from my favorite subject matter: glimpses of my own neighborhood. As I go through my day, I often come upon beautiful, illuminated scenes of houses, yards, streets and hedgerows. These scenes literally stop me in my tracks. I record these inspiring moments with photography, taking hundreds of photographs a month. Of these many photos, perhaps one or two will become a painting. The photo has to have certain qualities to become a painting: a luminescent glow, an interesting palette of color, and a balanced geometry of form. I try to bring these qualities to life in my paintings, so that the viewer can share in these awe-inspiring experiences. Over the past few years my compositions have become increasingly simplified, each one pared down to its most basic elements. In this sense, my work can be compared to a haiku poem, which portrays a moment in time as succinctly as possible. In striving for clarity of light and purity of form, a certain magic is created.