Lives and works in Penn Yan, NY
Sheldon Berlyn has been painting for more than forty years, and his most current body of work hails from a carefully composed practice of applying metallic and reflective paints to the surface with squeegees and foam applicators that he hand-sculpts to create a desired patterned effect. While his imagery is no doubt reminiscent of the sleekness of contemporary culture and Gestural Abstraction, Berlyn’s inspirational sources also pay homage to Baroque painter Caravaggio’s sinuously luminescent canvases, as well as the expressively poignant images of modern dancers by photographer Lois Greenfield.
On view at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
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