Glave Kocen Gallery in Richmond, VA, USA will host a major retrospective show of the artwork of internationally known painter Louis Briel. The show, FACE IT!, A Fifty-Year Retrospective will run from Feb 4th – 26th, 2011.
On Friday evening, Feb.4th from 6pm – 9pm there will be a gala opening reception for FACE IT! On Saturday morning Feb. 5th at 11am, the Gallery will present Face to Face! Louis Briel & Scott Campbell, an unrehearsed conversation. Later, on Feb 19th at 11am, Louis Briel will present a Gallery Talk, “Portraits as Intuitive History.”
Glave Kocen Gallery is located in the historic Fan District of Richmond at 1620 West Main Street. (804-358-1990) Hours are Tuesdays – Fridays 11-6 and Saturdays 11-4.
About Louis Briel:
A Native Virginian, Louis Briel has achieved international recognition as an American portraitist. Schooled in the Classics, he refined his painting style while earning degrees from Hampden-Sydney College as first-honor graduate and Harvard University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. His art training includes a certificate from the American Academy in Rome and study in Boston with Ann Tabachnick and Morton Sacks.
Portraiture has always been Louis Briel’s primary focus. His style owes a debt to Renaissance portraits by Raphael, Holbein and Bronzino and to the linearity of Ingres. During the 1970s, his work became marked by flat color fields and highly silhouetted figures, reflecting influences from illustration, serigraphy, and his admiration for the paintings of David Hockney. Briel has participated in many group shows and has had four one-man exhibits, including major exhibitions at Caravan House Galleries in New York City and the Martin Agency in Richmond. His paintings of prominent families and leaders in the fields of government, business, religion, education and the arts hang in numerous private and public collections.
The Smithsonian Institution In 1993 acquired Briel’s portrait of tennis great Arthur Ashe for the National Portrait Gallery. In 1995 the U. S. House of Representatives added his portrait of Rep. Thomas J. Bliley, Chairman of the Commerce Committee, to its Collection. Briel’s haunting portrait of Princess Diana accompanied Elton John on his 1997-98 World Tour and is now part of the singer’s personal collection. It is featured in the new book, “Diana in Art”, compiled by Mem Mehmet (Chaucer Press 2007). More recently, Briel has worked with Carol Burnett on a posthumous portrait of her daughter Carrie Hamilton, which hangs in the newly renamed Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Louis Briel Portraits
101 West Marshall St. #32 Richmond, VA 23220