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TODD LEHMAN     of poets and places     resume

ARTIST STATEMENT
"How do you explain abstract painting? Nineteenth-century English critic alter Pater said that all art aspires to be music. In a New York Times interview several years ago, the late Spanish painter Antoni Tápies said, “One should compare modern art tomusic.” But while a connection to music — especially to classical music and jazz—is sound and logical, we can also compare abstract art to modern dance. The movements of the dancers—like a pencil or a brush—break the stage space into shapes. Abstrac painting too is about spaces and shapes, and about energies and visual noise—but like music and modern dance it can also be about silence and solitude.  

But what about the paintings themselves? What about technique? Most of my paintings are on paper. And they are small. Perhaps a result of my interest in the beauty and strength of Indian miniature paintings. I prefer the hard surface of paper to the softer textured surface of canvas and use a variety of scraping devices in addition to brushes. When I work I glaze colors over other colors, an old academic technique I learned in art school. Sometimes I scrape colors down or wash them down with turpentine—and then apply other colors over top.  

What inspires my paintings? Several things — landscapes, architecture, archaeological ruins, poetry and music. The connections between painting and the other arts are very clear to me. Then there is the energy of New York City—it is inescapable.  Those of us who live and work in New York become addicted to the city’s drive and speed and visual noise, but we also, and for obvious reasons, require moments of solitude and meditation. So my paintings are sometimes like a screaming traffic jam, other times like the quiet of a leaf falling in a Japanese garden. Can this dichotomy be explained? Certainly. My paintings, like most other artists’ paintings, are a mirror—a reflection of where I live, where I go, the books I read, the music I listen to and some personal stuff. They are the pages of a visual autobiography."  T. Lehman 2013

BIOGRAPHY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Sicilian Seduction, A Windup Boy's Dream, Lynden Gallery, Elizabethtown, PA
2014 Of Poets and Places, Arts Hotel Gallery, Lancaster Arts Hotel, Lancaster, PA
2013 Of Poets and Places, Lynden Gallery, Elizabethtown, PA
2005 Textures and Spaces, Otto-Galerie, Munich
     Gallery on the Square, Millersburg, PA
2000 Otto-Galerie, Munich
1996 Illuminations, DTW Gallery, New York
1993 Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA
1980 Caravan House Gallery, New York
     WPA Gallery, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 Caelum Gallery, New York
2011 Gallery Artists Part VII, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York
2010 Toronto International Art Fair
2009 High Fiber, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
     Neoteric Abstraction, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
2007 Villa Il Castagno, Gambassi Terme, Italy
2002 The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC
     Caelum Gallery, New York
1997 Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA
1995 Pleides Gallery, New York
1993 Gardiner Art Gallery, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
1990 Helio Gallery, New York
1986 50 West Gallery, New York
1979 WPA Gallery, New York
AWARDS
2013 Puffin Foundation Grant
2009 Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant
2007 Toscana-In Artist-in-Residence Grant, Gambassi Terme, Italy
1995 Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant

PRESS RELEASES click to read
2013 Todd Lehman: Of Poets and Places, Lynden Gallery, Elizabethtown, PA

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