Johan Sellenraad | It’s All About Painting
July 1st – August 6th
Opening Reception: July 1st, 4–6 PM
Artist Talk: July 8th, 3 PM)
Johan Sellenraad, an esteemed figurative painter, passionately explores the pure essence of his medium. Through his depictions of nude figures, still lifes, and occasional landscapes, Sellenraad transcends the mere replication of nature. Instead, he delves into the art of painting, honoring its rich history and tradition. In this exhibition, Sellenraad masterfully combines Figures and Still Lifes, allowing viewers to witness the convergence of these two categories as an embodiment of pure painting. The show delves into the psychology of personhood and the diverse ways artists have represented humanity over time. “It’s All About Painting” invites viewers to contemplate the medium’s essence and enduring significance.
Sellenraad grew up in Holland during WWII. He pursued his artistic education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago. He resided in Chicago in the 1950s and early 1960s before moving to New York City. Sellenraad taught at various universities and Parsons School of Design, his paintings have been shown in numerous group and museum exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum.