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Art show and reception in Patchogue

"Deus Ex Machina" by Jack Pierce, an oil on canvas over panel in upcoming solo exhibition, "Urban Revisions," at Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts in Patchogue. Credit: John E. Pierce Photo Credit: John E. Pierce

Graphic design meets oil on canvas next week at the arts reception for "Urban Revisions," a solo show of paintings by Jack Pierce.

The show, presented by the Patchogue Arts Council in the lobby gallery of the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, includes five large paintings - each about five feet wide and three feet high.

Pierce, a 40-year-old graphic designer of Huntington, says the show focuses on work with an urban theme. "They are not landscapes of sunsets. They're very graphically derived...I’m a graphic designer so I definitely bring sensibility into my paintings.”

To that end, Pierce says he enjoys working in large scale.

“I just like when a viewer stands in front of [a painting] and it kind of envelopes their field of vision. I don’t want them looking at the painting; I want them to be in the painting," he says. "I just feel that it’s more impactful if it’s larger.”

Pierce, who owns graphic design studio Associated Arts Concepts, has shown his work in Huntington and New York City.

At this show, viewers can expect to see “Bringer of Love,” a painting based on a photo he shot in London of the planet Venus setting.

“When you see it, it’s kind of an urban landscape, but it’s also a landscape of paint – areas of color that form a landscape themselves,” he says.

There's also a mostly abstract piece, "Milk and Honey," that highlights bold color and graphic symbols of bumble bees. "The graphics and the color combine to hopefully give the viewer a sense of bounty,” Pierce says. 

Some of his pieces are heavily layered with "wild," but "purposeful brush strokes," he says, adding, “I want it to be tight and controlled but I want it to be loose and free at the same time.”

So why check out the show? “I hope that they kind of see what I see in a painting," Pierce says. "An expressive quality of the paint and a unique handling of the subject matter.”

Patchogue Arts Council’s Lobby Arts Gallery presents Jack Pierce “Urban revisions”
WHEN/WHERE Reception is 6 -8:30 p.m. May 19 at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St, Patchogue. Exhibition continues through June 13.
COST Free
INFO 631-207-1313 or patchoguearts.org

Note: Photo is a photo detail of painting "Deus Ex Machina" by Jack Pierce, an oil on canvas in his upcoming solo exhibition, "Urban Revisions," at Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts in Patchogue. Credit: John E. Pierce

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