The frequently sun-struck paintings in the engaging exhibition, Continuity and Change: The Return to Figurative Painting, now at Cincinnati Art Galleries, are the work of seven area artists — Emil Robinson, Rob Anderson, Linda E. Anderson, Aidan Schapera, Brian Burt, Tim Kennedy and Eve Mansdorf — many of whom have looked long and hard at 17th century Dutch paintings, French Impressionist paintings and American artists who have done the same. And having looked long and hard, with a glance at the 20th century as well, each is now proceeding in his/her individual manner. Their work is far from abstraction, but if abstraction hadn’t happened they wouldn’t paint the way they do.
Brushwork, an artist’s signature stroke, is a distinguishing feature throughout. This suggests an enjoyment of painting for painting’s sake and, when well done, invites the viewer into similar pleasures.
Continuity and Change: The Return to Figurative Paintingis on view at Cincinnati Art Galleries (225 E. Sixth St., Downtown) through June 8. More info: cincinnatiartgalleries.com.