The place: Robin Rice Gallery
Philip Koch PaintingsEarth’s Shadow Landscapes
The place: George Billis Gallery
The space: With its large streetside windows and copious natural light, you almost don’t need to step inside to see the exhibitions – but you should. This one-room Chelsea gallery has promoted the work of emerging and established artists since 1997, hanging 9 to 10 solo shows a year.
The artist: Enticed by the aroma of paint emanating from an art studio at Oberlin College, Philip Koch became hooked on brushes and palettes, eventually earning an MFA in painting. But it was the work of Edward Hopper that gave him direction – and attracted the attention of gallerist George Billis. Never working from photographs, Koch takes the easel into the field to capture his vibrant, re-imagined landscapes in the Hudson River School tradition.
The show: Earth’s Shadow Landscapes includes 22 paintings, mostly vividly colored landscapes of New England and upstate New York as well as a small collection of interior views of Hopper's former studio on Cape Cod. Inland, a composite of forested beaver ponds, remains a favorite of the artist.
521 West 26th St., 212-645-2621, georgebillis.com
(Photo courtesy of George Billis Gallery)