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Opening of a new art exhibition “Uncommon Grounds” at the Art/Place gallery

Fairfield, CT – Art/Place Gallery invites the public to a reception for “Uncommon Grounds”, the exhibition of paintings and members, George Radwan and Jason Pritchard, on Sunday, August 21 from 2-5 p.m. The show can be seen August 15 through September 11 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 70 Sanford Street in Fairfield. See www.artplacegallery.org or call 203-374-9720 or 646-258-6912.

Art/Place is an artist-run non-profit gallery that has been around for over 35 years. It presents a new show of one or two members each month and several collective exhibitions per year.

British-born American artist Jason Prichard is an oil painter capturing the coastal charms and rugged landscapes of New England. He grew up in East Anglia in the UK, an area that inspired British landscape painters such as John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough whom he greatly admires. He moved to New York in 2005 where he studied oil painting at the Art Students League of New York and now lives in CT.

Jason says, “I aim to capture a sense of space and connection to the New England region that I love. He works in his studio from the small paintings and photos he has created on site. “It is important for me to visit the place and access the feeling of what it is, in order to help reproduce my sense of the reaction to the place on the canvas. This influences how I calibrate the colors I will use to convey meaning and prompts the type of brush movement, reflecting the rhythm or ‘pulse’ of a scene. In addition to accessing my feeling about a place, I focus on the elements of the exterior capturing the seasonal hues and weather conditions at the time which are accentuated by an impressionistic skyline that unfolds, in the purpose of increasing the mood of painting it further.

George Radwan earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. After working on Madison Avenue as an Art Director for many years, George changed careers and followed his passion to do things in the world of custom architectural woodworking. Today, he is a senior project manager at VCA Inc., a high-end residential millwork and furniture company located in Northampton, MA.

George has exhibited at Art Place Gallery in Fairfield, CT, and his portfolio submission has been added to the artist database at Five Points Gallery, in Torrington, CT. He is also a member of the Westport Artists Collective.

George says: “In my art I try to capture my love and fascination with old, rusty, broken and dilapidated objects. The impermanent permanence of concrete, steel plaster, metal, natural materials etc. , is something I’ve explored. Nothing ever stays the same – it’s always changing. As a multimedia artist, I combine found materials and natural elements in my work.”