Gowanus Canal 3rd St Bridge

Andrew Lenaghan

Gowanus Canal 3rd St Bridge, 2015

Acrylic on plexiglass

12 inches diameter

AnLp 668

The Real Flatiron Building

Andrew Lenaghan

The Real Flatiron Building, 2016

Acrylic on paper

5 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

AnLd 19

A Better High Line

Andrew Lenaghan

A Better High Line, 2016

Acrylic on paper

5 x 7 inches

AnLd 04

Gil Hodges Brides

Andrew Lenaghan

Gil Hodges Brides, 2015

Acrylic on plexiglass

12 inches diameter

AnLp 665

Verick St (Ghostbusters' Firehouse)

Andrew Lenaghan

Verick St (Ghostbusters' Firehouse), 2016

Acrylic on paper

6 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches

AnLd 09

The African Queen and View from Studio Window

Andrew Lenaghan

The African Queen and View from Studio Window, 2016

Acrylic on plexiglass

12 inches diameter

AnLp 669

The River Rat in Watermill

Andrew Lenaghan

The River Rat in Watermill, 2015

Acrylic on plexiglass

12 inches diameter

AnLp 666

Carrol St Bridge, Gowanus Canal

Andrew Lenaghan

Carrol St Bridge, Gowanus Canal, 2016

Acrylic on paper

5 x 7 inches

AnLd 02

Sarah Reading by Window

Andrew Lenaghan

Sarah Reading by Window, 2016

Acrylic on plexiglass

12 inches diameter

AnLp 675

Tug and Lower Manhattan

Andrew Lenaghan

Tug and Lower Manhattan, 2016

Acrylic on paper

10 x 13 3/4 inches

AnLd 15

Press Release

George Adams Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works on paper and paintings by Andrew Lenaghan. The exhibition, the artist’s thirteenth with the gallery, will include recent twelve-inch diameter tondo paintings and acrylics on paper taken from his sketchbooks of this past summer. Most are scenes painted from life in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

 

Lenaghan is best known for his deep space and comprehensively rendered street views of industrial Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan, making this exhibition is a significant departure for the artist. He typically avoids making studies, instead working on-site to compose directly on the panel. In the course of this past summer, however, Lenaghan began to work out of small sketchbooks that were not only convenient for their portability but allowed him to work quickly and spontaneously, without attracting attention on busy street corners. The results range from brief notational sketches to fully rendered views though uniformly small in scale. Contrasted with the paintings on panels, the work on paper has a freedom and responsiveness that emphasizes their casual, experimental nature.

 

Over the past two years, Lenaghan has been exploring the relationship between how we see and how to represent perspectival space. Recently he has been experimenting with a circular frame, both in an attempt to more closely emulate the natural curve of the eye’s lens and to undermine preconceptions about space and perspective inherent to a rectangle. While the subjects in these paintings will be familiar to anyone who knows Lenghan’s work, this fresh approach is a reframing in more ways than one.

 

Andrew Lenaghan was born and raised in New Brunswick, NJ, received his BFA from Cornell University and his MFA from Brooklyn College. His work is in the collections of Yale University’s Art Gallery, the Flint Art institute in Michigan, the Greenville County Museum of Art, and Middlebury College’s Museum of Art, among others. In 2011 he was a grant recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, he currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.