Eleanor Ettinger 57th Sreet

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Self Portrait with Black Rag, 2011 Oil On Linen 34" X 42" © artist
Eleanor Ettinger 57th Sreet
24 West 57th Street Suite #609
NYC, NY 10012
Venue Type: Gallery
Realist, figurative, realism contemporary, international


Self-Portrait with Black Rag oil on linen 34 x 42 inches The Museum oil on canvas 11 x 8 inches

New York, NY - April 18, 2011- The Eleanor Ettinger Gallery is very pleased to announce a one-man exhibition of paintings by the renowned American realist, Paul G. Oxborough. With this important new body of work the gallery will mark the first one-man exhibition at its new home on 57th Street.

One of the most significant paintings in Oxborough’s new collection is Self-Portrait with Black Rag, a powerful and poignant work, which embodies the accumulated experiences of a very meaningful year in the life of Paul Oxborough. From his travels to Spain where he walked in the footsteps of Sorolla to the deeply felt loss of his best friend, each life altering experience is evidenced in the vulnerable and thoughtful eyes of his self-portrait. The light source which comes directly from above accentuates the curve of his shoulders, making the dappled shadowing of his shirt all the more remarkable. The dark around him is enlivened with subtle geometric shapes, bringing a quiet sense of order and form to the void. The portrait is courageous in its honesty and demonstrates an ever evolving actualization of Oxborough’s compelling talent.

Light flickers, streams and dances off Oxborough’s brushes. Whether it is filtering through a window pane or glowing from a single candle’s flame, his mastery of illumination is reminiscent of Sargent and Sorolla, admittedly two of his heroes. We are along with him on his travels, as he brings us to a market in Zanzibar and then to a seashore in Valencia. We join him while stopping at a hotel lobby in Paris on our way to the Kalahari where bushman light a fire at dusk.Traveling and painting, he take us places both familiar and foreign but most importantly we have the opportunity to view them through his discerning eye. He shows us in his paintings what we hope we take the time to see in life. Though in reality, we need the artist... a painter with the skill and insight of Paul Oxborough to share what we surely would have missed without his talent.

The exhibition will be held from May 5, 2011 to June 4, 2011 at the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, 24 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019 and will consist of more than 25 paintings re-living the artist’s travels to France, Spain and Africa.

An opening night reception will take place on May 5, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery’s hours are Tuesdays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is open to the public.


Paul G. Oxborough was born in Minnesota in 1965. He began his studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design before entering a four-year apprenticeship at the Atelier Lessuer. He has since amassed numerous accolades and received international acclaim for his one-man exhibitions in both New York and London. To his ongoing list of impressive credentials is his inclusion in the BP Award Exhibition on three separate occasions in 2005, 2007 and 2009. This is a rare honor for non-UK artists, however each year one of his extraordinary portraits (including that of great American contemporary artist, Chuck Close) has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, The Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in Sunderland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. He was also selected for the inaugural Outwin Boochever Exhibition in 2006, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Other impressive achievements have been winning “Best in Show” from the International Art Renewal Center Competition, as well as being awarded “Grand Prize” from the American Society of Portrait Artists.


James Umphlett Email: Phone: 212-925-7378

PAUL G. OXBOROUGH May 5 – June 4, 2011

ELEANOR ETTINGER GALLERY 24 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019 212-925-7474



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