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Addington Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Roadworthy, New Paintings by Kevin Sonmor
Curated by: Dan Addington
704 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610

December 1st, 2009 - January 30th, 2010
New Boulevard, Kevin SonmorKevin Sonmor, New Boulevard,
2009, oil on linen, 40x40
© 2009, Addington Gallery
Road Worthy, Kevin SonmorKevin Sonmor, Road Worthy,
2009, oil on linen, 80x70
© 2009, Addington Gallery
La Premiere Cache , Kevin SonmorKevin Sonmor, La Premiere Cache ,
2009, oil on linen, 16x16
© 2009, Addington Gallery
The High Street, Kevin SonmorKevin Sonmor, The High Street,
2009, oil on linen, 30x30
© 2009, Addington Gallery
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River North/Near North Side
Tue-Sat 11-6; or by appointment
modern, abstract, landscape
open to the public

Roadworthy”:New Paintings by Kevin Sonmor.

Addington Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new work by internationally recognized artist Kevin Sonmor. The Montreal -based artist will be present at the gallery for the opening reception. We hope you can join us friday night and view this powerful body of new paintings.

Looking at a Kevin Sonmor painting is like listening to opera with one’s eyes.

Sonmor presents his viewers with a broiling sea of emotive painterliness, filtered through the lens of art history. As a result, these paintings are at once wholly contemporary and deeply rooted in the myth and legend of ages past. The two lead actors on the stage of these works are a dramatic expression of light, and the powerful physicality of the substance of paint. Watching the drama play out in each piece is a singular experience.

Sonmor works with a visual vocabulary reminiscent of Dutch 17th Still Life (Jan Steen’s perishable flowers and grapes), the Romantic German landscapes from the 19th century (atmospheric, dense, moody, heroic), the strong chiaroscuro ever present in works by Caravaggio and early Rubens, the rich topography and lighting effects of a Rembrandt surface.  Almost in defiance of logic, his seemingly contradictory applications of paint coalesce into convincing formal elements: earthy terrain, rocks, vegetation and bodies of water.

Born in Lacombe, Alberta in 1959, Kevin Sonmor received his Masters of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal. His paintings have been widely exhibited internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. Kevin Sonmor is a recipient of numerous international grants and awards, and his work may be found in many private and public collections. Sonmor has been living and working in Montreal for the past twelve years. This is his second solo exhibition in Chicago.

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