Perennial, prints and drawings by Gail Flanery at 440 Gallery

BROOKLYN, NY – 440 Gallery is proud to present Perennial, an exhibition of prints and drawings by Brooklyn artist Gail Flanery, on view June 1 – July 3, 2022.

For her sixth solo show at the gallery, Flanery has assembled a collection of work that explores facets of nature in both a figurative and abstract way. Traditional renderings of recognizable flowers and trees are combined with idealized notions of nature observed, all influenced by Flanery’s love and concern for the natural world and the effects of climate change.

Nature is a muse to Flanery, as seen through her monotypes, monoprints, drawings and collages. Most days, one will find Flanery walking in nearby Prospect Park, often with a sketchbook in hand to make note of distinctive branching shapes and lines that she sees within the trees. Numerous sketches become reference points for her studio work that is a direct and simple path to the many forms she has found. Even more so during this period of pandemic introspection, Gail has been discovering new compositions and movement within the trees in the park.

For Perennial, Flanery will be creating a large, original drawing on one of the gallery’s main walls. Inspiration for this drawing comes from a 2021 trip to Mérida, Mexico, where she encountered many examples of street art. Says Gail, “Everywhere I walked, I was taken aback by the exquisite artwork that I came across on some of the most ordinary, commonplace walls in the town. Not only were the actual trees unique and fascinating, but the drawings and paintings that local artists created on the surfaces stuck in my mind. I hope to recreate the energy and beauty that I found in Mérida on the wall at 440 Gallery.”

Gail Flanery graduated with a BFA from The Cooper Union in 1972. As a printmaker known for color-based landscape abstractions, Flanery has established professional relationships with master printmakers across the U.S. and her work has been exhibited and collected widely. She has shown extensively across the U.S. including Established Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Krasdale Art Galleries in White Plains, NY; Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY; The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY and The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ.

440 Gallery presents engaging art to the community through exhibitions, talks, readings and events centered around direct contact with the artist. Open Thursday, Friday 4-7pm, Saturday, Sunday 12-6pm, or by appointment. 440 Gallery is in Park Slope, convenient to the F, M, and R subways.

More information: 440gallery.com

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