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STEVE SMULKA


GALLERY HENOCH 555 WEST 25TH STREET NEW YORK, NY 10001 T: 917.305.0003 F: 917.305.0018 www.galleryhenoch.com

Cover: Eureka, Oil on Linen, 36” x 60”


STEVE SMULKA Recent Paintings

October 8 - 31, 2015

Opening Reception for the Artist:

Thursday, October 8, 6-8 PM


Panacea Oil on Linen 24” x 42”


Beyond the Pale Oil on Linen 26” x 46”


INSTALLATION VIEW: Beyond the Pale Panacea Oil on Linen Oil on Linen 26” x 46” 24” x 42”


The Last Tree Oil on Linen 46” x 34”


True Blue Oil on Linen 34” x 42”


Double Moxie Oil on Linen 28” x 96”


Drizzle Oil on Linen 30” x 46”


Steve Smulka paints glass—but it might be more accurate to say that Smulka paints light. Smulka uses mason jars, vintage seltzer bottles, wine decanters, vases and water pitchers to capture the way light bends, refracts, illuminates, and distorts its surroundings. In some of the paintings, backgrounds of looming clouds and ridged tree bark are as in-focus as the glass containers in the foreground, merging the two in a poetic, scrupulously accurate, yet slightly unreal manner. In other paintings, bottles in columns two, three, or four deep create multiple layers of transparency that make for almost abstract studies of light and color. In Steve Smulka’s closely observed, meditative paintings, these densely luminous layers give weight to the intangible nature of light, while rendering solid objects with an atmospheric evanescence. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Smulka attended The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, where he studied with Chuck Close, who inspired him to paint in a realist manner. After earning his Masters in Fine Arts from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Smulka returned to New York where he began to experiment with different styles. His evolution to more minimalist composition, then to large abstract landscapes, eventually resulted in a return to realism. He discovered that glass, in particular, showed off the effects of light; soon after, glass became his pictorial trope. Smulka has garnered international recognition for his distinct approach to Contemporary Realism. His work has earned him particular attention from critic J. Bowyer Bell, who writes, “Each work is lovingly crafted; the treatment of glass profound, mature, the skill, awesome; but it is the light that matters, the light that is somehow transformed by facility of hand and felicity of brush into a compelling icon. This mysterious alchemy of craft, vision and cunning turns paint into light and light into magic.” Steve Smulka has exhibited in North and South America, Europe, and Japan, is a two-time recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and has been collected by some of America’s largest corporations. He currently lives and works in New Mexico.


INSTALLATION VIEW: Morning Mist Oil on Linen 30” x 42”

The Thrill of it All Oil on Linen 28” x 42”


Morning Mist Oil on Linen 30” x 42”


The Thrill of It All Oil on Linen 28” x 42”


Morning Fog Oil on Linen 24” x 62”


INSTALLATION VIEW: Eureka Oil on Linen 36” x 60


S T E V E S M U L K A

Born: Detroit, MI, 1949 Education: 1971-73 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, MFA 1967-71 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY Selected Exhibitions: 2015 Solo Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Summer Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2014 ArtMiami: Context, Miami, FL Dallas Art Fair, TX Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2013 ArtMiami: Context, Miami, FL Winter Group Show, Plus One Gallery, London, UK “Hyperrealism Today,” Museu del Tabac, Andorra, Spain LAPADA Art Fair, London, UK Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX Boston Art Fair, MA 2012 Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX Group Show, Plus One Gallery, London, UK LAPDA Art Fair, London UK 2011 Two-person Show, Lew-Allen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX Group Show, Plus One Gallery, London, UK Group Show, Quidley & Co., Boston, MA LAPDA Art Fair, London UK 2010 Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX 2009 Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY “Still Lifes,” Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY “Exactitude V,” Plus One Gallery, London, England LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY


2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998

Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY US Artists, Philadelphia, PA Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Plus One Gallery, London, England Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Solo Show, Plus One Gallery, London, England Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Solo Show, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Plus One Gallery, London, England 13th Realism Invitational, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM ARTLondon, London, England Group Exhibit, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 12th Realism Invitational, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Plus One Gallery, London, England Solo Show, Plus One Gallery, London, England 11th Realism Invitational, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Debryne Gallery, Naples, FL William Scott Gallery, Boston, MA 10th Realism Invitational, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Three person show, van de Griff/Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 9th Realism Invitational, van de Griff/Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM William Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA Gallery Henoch, New York, NY William Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA 8th Realism Invitational, van de Griff/Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Solo Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 7th Realism Invitational, van de Griff/Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Gallery Henoch, New York, NY William Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA Solo Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY

1997 1996 1995 1994 1993

Summer Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Art Miami, Miami Beach, FL Edgartown Art Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA Gallery Henoch, New York, NY “Virtuosity,” Art Communication International, New York, NY Solo Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Brunswick Upper School, Greenwich, CT Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Angels Group Show, Hastings Gallery, New Canaan, CT

Selected Awards: 2009 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant 2004 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Selected Public & Corporate Collections: Aldrich Museum Deutsche Bank Mobil Oil General Instrument Co. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Needham, Harper, & Steers Continental Group County Federal Savings Connecticut Bank & Trust Marsh McClennan Inc. Chermayoff & Partners Javits, Brog, Robinson, Leinwald & Reich Atlantic Investment Management, Inc. Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT Tohokushinsa Film Co. Ltd, Tokyo, Japan Selected Publications: 2009 Exactitude: Hyperrealist Art Today by John Russell Taylor Published by Thames & Hudson


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