Haunting Yesterday and Tomorrow is a powerhouse exhibit featuring paintings by William Thomson (deceased), one of the Bowersock Gallery’s most renowned artists, and Scott Conary, one the gallery’s newer members, who comes with his own solid following and stellar reputation.
One artist’s career has hit its stride, the work compelling and articulate. For the other, it has come to an end. These are two very distinct artists, yet both bodies of work resonate with a strong sense of vision, the skill to convey and show masterful ability to contain a whisper of other worldliness. This is truly a powerful exhibit – two talented men, with strong, authentic voices.
Once again Bowersock Gallery opens the vaults and offers a collection from the estate of William Thomson, an outstanding, contemporary American artist who passed in 2014. The artist’s work appears in the Britain Museum of American Art, Holyoke Museum of Art & History, Mattatuck Museum, DeCordova Museum, Berkshire Museum, and Slater Museum collections, among others. It is found in major private collections and was featured in the “Great American Watercolor” exhibition of the New Britain Museum of American Art, among others throughout the world.
The Bowersock Gallery has selected works from his numerous series, including earlier stages, sketches, studies and some of his final paintings.
Thomson showed a brilliant hand with every genre, landscapes, portraits, narratives, and even with the rare still-life. He was a formidable artist, dedicated and sincere to his career to the end and it is apparent. This collection is a gem for his collectors, new and old.
“Haunting Yesterday & Tomorrow” will mark the first two-man exhibit for Conary at Bowersock. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Conary exhibits throughout the US. His work is strongly influenced by the landscape of his East Coast childhood, though he currently resides in Oregon.
Conary’s representational/interpretive, symbolic paintings are a complex mix of intensity and airiness, energetic flow yet soothing, and are always beautiful.
Scott’s work is captivating for its fusion of affecting elements. The image is strong, yet executed in a way which lends it a tenuous appearance, filmy, or dreamlike. He is a master of his medium, and certainly his vision.
His subjects tend to be everyday objects and places, their narratives address the complicated and often ambiguous relationships humans have with them. In Conary’s own words: These are stories of the arbitrary nature of beauty, of melancholy, of fleeting triumph, and the camouflage of time: the meat we greedily consume but are repulsed by, the weed that fights to survive in the gaps of our attention, the old door used for generations but now forgotten, and so on.
Both these artist are painters’ painters. This exhibit is one of the rare ones which will satisfy peers, the casual viewer, and the connoisseur. Both Conary and Thomson’s works are mesmerizing for the skill and treatment of the subject; this is not a show to be missed.