Paint by Numbers

Xuan Chen, Corydon Cowansage, Alex Gross, Norbert Marszalek and Matthew McConville
July 6 – August 17

Press Release

Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Paint by Numbers, a group painting exhibition that takes a look at the work of five artists from across the US. These artists meld traditional methods of painting with unusual imagery, creating art that both reinforces and questions reality. Paint by Numbers includes the work of Xuan Chen, Corydon Cowansage, Alex Gross, Norbert Marszalek, and Matthew McConville.

Chinese artist Xuan Chen melds the two dimensional qualities of painting with three dimensional illusion through the use of computer generated imagery. Chen illustrates what the left eye and the right eye are supposed to see. Each image is deconstructed layer by layer and visually fused back together by human binocular vision. Chen currently lives and works in Albuquerque, NM.

New York based Corydon Cowansage’s large scale oil paintings are precisely rendered details of suburban architecture. The patterning of slats on a shutter and the hard angles of an ordinary roof top are sourced from the periphery of every day experience. Cowansage offers an unusual perspective on a familiar landscape by emphasizing the strange angles, abstracted forms, and repeated patterns that surround us.

Los Angeles based artist Alex Gross merges historic photographs with super heroes, villains, and monsters. Antique cabinet cards are repurposed as Gross integrates his own creations with the original image. Paint by Numbers includes a small grouping of these Cabinet Card hybrids.

Chicago artist Norbert Marszalek’s paintings exude charm and energy through the use of powerful brushstrokes and unusual views. Marszalek depicts domestic scenes with a dash of whimsy and intuition. His expressive compositions, intuitively rendered, convey a moody emotion that transcend literal representation.

Testing the realm of possibility, Matthew McConville transports his viewer to imaginary worlds. Painted in the style of 19th century Hudson River School painters, McConville’s landscapes are removed from their natural environments and brought into the studio. His paintings impose a curious perspective, changing the way we view landscape painting. McConville currently lives and works in Maryland.

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Dates: July 6-August 17, 2012
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Location: 514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Contact: 505.766.9888,, @levygallery