Peyrelebade: Patrick Neal Paintings
October 8 - October 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 8, 5-7pm
Oresman Gallery, Brown Fine Arts Center, Smith College, 22 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01063
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am–4:30 pm
The paintings in the exhibition Peyrelebade reveal Neal’s fascination with the paintings and life of Odilon Redon. The title Peyrelebade refers to the gloomy country estate where Redon was sent as a child, which would later influence his eerie and estranged black and white prints and drawings. It’s also a reference to Neal’s childhood in suburban upstate NY where he played in and explored the many surrounding cemeteries in the area. Redon’s eventual turn toward electric, illuminated colors and mythological creatures came late in his career after the birth of his second son, and signaled a new-found creative abandon. With a similar exuberance, Neal incorporates flashy props and textures, like sequins, mylar, and colored lights, invoking the flamboyance, hedonism and unorthodoxy of queer culture. Neal’s paintings serve as beacons of hope, imagination and empathy in the midst of politically fraught times.
Fireflies, 2019, Oil, spray paint and glitter on canvas, 22 x 34 inches