An Inherently Hopeful Gesture

This exhibition of portrait and figurative imagery has significant personal meaning for me. When I was young, I painted figures almost exclusively and, at that time, could not foresee a desire to work from any other subject. Today I am an abstract painter, yet I continue to look at and find inspiration in work by figurative artists. 

The thoughts and emotions that surface when organizing an exhibition like this parallel those I experience when painting, and I can see my selection as somewhat autobiographical. I have included several artists whose work I have looked to my entire professional life. I first saw the paintings by Mitzi Melnicoff in her 1973 memorial exhibition at the University of the Arts. If there is such a thing as an aha moment when one decides to be an artist, that surely was mine. Around that same time, the singer, Joan Baez, gave me one of her figure drawings. It has hung on the wall of my studio for years, its beauty ever prompting me to paint. This exhibition has given me a most welcome opportunity to juxtapose these and several artists my age with some of my younger heroes. Someone once teased me that I am like a sheepdog, except that my flock consists of people and their pictures. I am immensely grateful to the participating artists and hope they enjoy seeing their works together as much as I do.

- Bill Scott     

Joan Baez, Shut Mah Ahzz, Ah See Uh Belt, ink on paper, 11" x 8.5"  SOLD   

Joan Baez, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Hee Hee Hee, ink on paper, 11" x 8.5"  Available 

Joan Baez, Well, Heidi Ho!, ink on paper, 11" x 8.5"  Available 

Joan Baez, You Ress, Your Gramma Loves You, ink on paper, 11" x 8.5"  SOLD   

Joan Baez, Honey Can you Help Me?, ink on paper 11" x 8.5'  Available 

Theophilus Brown, Seated Man with Folded Arms, charcoal on paper, 22" x 14.75"  Available 

Patrick Connors, Seated Male, oil on linen mounted on panel, 11.25" x 6.75"  Available 

Nancy Cooke, The Mirror, mixed media with collage and pastel, 14" x 11"  Available 

Mikel Elam, Suggestion, acrylic and wax, 30" x 24"  Available 

Josias Figueirido, Drawing Between Narratives, drypoint, monotype, screen print, 31" x 22.5"  Available 

Philip Geiger, The Cluttered Table, oil on board, 24" x 29"  Available 

Sidney Goodman, Self-Portrait, watercolor, 14" x 15.5"  Available 

Alex Kanevsky, M. H. oil on board, 12" x 12"  Available 

Michael Kowbuz, Rear Window Reflection, gouache, watercolor, ink on paper, 7.5" x 10.75"  Available 

Serge Krupnov, Summer Music (Portrait of Bill Scott), oil on wood, 15.5" x 12"  SOLD 

Gilbert Lewis, Portrait, gouache on paper, 28" x 22"  Available 

Aaron Lubrick, Playing on the Rocks, oil on panel, 11.5" x 15.5"  Available 

Mitzi Melnicoff, Afternoon, color woodcut on Mulberry paper, 22" x 16.75"

Tonie Roos, Dancing in the Light III, watercolor, 11.75" x 16.5"  Available 

Bruno Schmidt, untitled, acrylic on board, 8" x 8"  Available 

Tiago Schmidt, It's OK, mixed media, 19" x 19"  Available 

Anna Shukeylo, Hudson Heights (Figment 36), acrylic and sand on panel, 8" x 8"  Available 

Anna Shukeylo, Hudson Heights (Figment 37), acrylic on panel 8" x 8"  Available 

Mickayel Thurin, Self-Portrait, mixed media on paper, 18" x 13.5"  Available 

Laura Velez, When the Lights Fall, oil on board, 16" x 20"  Available 

Louise Vinueza, Tea, oil on panel, 11.5" x 11.5"  Available 

Tom Walton, Reading Leaves, graphite on paper, 30" x 22"  Available