The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art
Love Struggle: Paintings by John Gwinn
"Love Struggle: Paintings by John Gwinn," will be shown at the Berman Museum's Main Gallery through Sunday, April 9, 2000. A contemporary realist painter, Gwinn focuses on the innate and universal relationships that form the human condition. The works that will be displayed focus primarily on courtship and the struggle of one couple based on an amalgam of individuals who have touched the artist's life. The large scale and sculptured canvases tell a story of grand passion and intensity in the tradition of Poussin and Delacroix. (left: Beginning, 1999, oil on canvas, 48 x 84 inches)
Left to right: Juno, 1994, oil on canvas, 48 x 96 inches; Loss, 1994, oil on canvas, 48 x 84 inches; Unknown Journey, 1994 oil on canvas, 80 x 36 inches)
An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition with an essay by Jessica Gwinn. Several images of the paintings in the brochure are accompanied by original interpretive poems by the artist. In her essay Gwinn explains: "(John) Gwinn exposes the moments between men and women that seem far more esoteric, more intimate and reverent than sex. We become witnesses to sanctimony and vulnerability which nearly embarrass us. But we are transfixed."
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