Stephen Haller Gallery is proud to present RON EHRLICH: “A KIND OF ORDER.” In an exhibition dedicated to the late poet Stanley Kunitz, American painter Ron Ehrlich achieves rich surfaces and subtleties of tone by melding the three dimensional techniques of vessel-making with the spontaneity and vitality of painting. Working on panel, wielding a blowtorch as well as a brush, the brilliant colorist creates an art both vigorous and contemplative.
Ehrlich attacks his work with an energy that is exciting to behold. Watching him paint is an electrifying experience - marking, gashing, splashing, burning, tossing, scraping, and brushing. Ehrlich moves around his studio with an astonishing vitality: enlisting paint, raw pigment, wax, and marble dust to add to the pastiche of his surface materials. He reaches to add an elegant curving line of crayon, hurls an industrial size brush-load of paint in a sudden graceful arcing toss, then meticulously blowtorches a melting stream of paint, flames trailing his gesture.
With a rare level of skill and this complex methodology he tackles his paintings with a contrasting muscularity and intellectual vigor.
The art of Ron Ehrlich is suffused with the vitality and power of nature, which seems to be his underlying narrative. In this he reflects the nature of the poetry of Stanley Kunitz whose work is a catalyst for this remarkable series of paintings.