Reception: Saturday, January 17th
3pm to 5pm
Smith Andersen Editions presents “In the Light: 50 Years of Figures”, an exhibition of small-scale, figurative painting and drawings by Eleanor Kent. All 27 pieces were created in Kent’s San Francisco studio over the span of 50+ years in various large or small groups. The work featured is an array of black and white and saturated color, and while some figures verge on abstraction, the focus of light dancing with the human form is evident in all. These painting and drawings are not portraits, but studies of people: model’s such as Flo Allen, neighbors and her children in relation to real and imagined landscapes or interiors.
Eleanor Kent began to concentrate on painting and drawing the figure in North Beach during the late 1950s. She describes this period as “an exhilarating time where the coffee shops and bookstores were full of ideas and people and music”. Kent studied with the likes of Bischoff, DuCasse, Lobdell, Marie-Rose, McGaw and Oliveira at today’s San Francisco Art Institute. Her work is in the collections of the Fresno Museum of Art, Cornell University Museum in New York and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Eleanor Kent exhibits regularly in the Bay Area and Mexico as well as other international sites.
Exhibition hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and by appointment.