Richard Orient has been painting for the last 25 years. Currents & Tides - his new exhibition - is a show of the artist 's recent paintings of the coast of Eastern Long Island. In this new work, Orient focuses on the flood and ebb of tides and the flow of ocean currents, depicting the oceans calm and power. The play of light and the effects of weather are highlighted in the artist's "plein air" impressionistic record of the sea.
These paintings are the artists experience of the Atlantic Ocean and bring to mind an element of Gustav Courbet's paintings in their naturalism and direct interpretation of landscape. The exhibition contains oil paintings on canvas and paper.