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'The Reality of Things'

2006 ~ LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Geoffrey Laurence truly is a new master, superbly painting in a classical tradition of painstakingly detailed representation, underpainting and chiaroscuro, but also imbuing in his imposing canvasses a distinctly modern reflection of matters beyond art: disturbing and though-provoking subjects and emotions like fear, envy, disgust, loneliness, alienation and oppression. In technique. he emulates the great painters of the Renaissance. Combining contemporary sensibility with superb classical technique, Laurence creates paintings that, quite often, are shockingly powerful as socio‑political statements while also being extraordinarily beautiful.

His work has included deeply serious paintings that require the viewer to think. Some paintings honor the many members of his extended family and others who were victimized in the Holocaust simply for being, like himself, Jewish. Others set contemporary figures against backgrounds of Renaissance or Baroque paintings, juxtapositions that present the viewer with ambiguities of interpretation that are at times wry and at times profoundly moving. Yet others, Renaissance‑style portraits of an imaginary aristocratic family, inject Surrealistic elements that might be seen on one hand as amusing touches of nonsense and on the other as sardonic emblems of deceit or vanity. All are powerful, beautiful and are among the finest painting being done today

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