february, 2022

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26feb1:00 pm4:00 pmContemporary Realism1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ICON Gallery, 58 N. Main St

Event Details

Contemporary Realism  at ICON Gallery February 4 – April 23

Three of the top realist painters in Fairfield will show work at ICON Gallery in Feb/Mar/April. Greg Thatcher will show his award-winning yew tree drawings along with works showing the evolution of this series. John Preston will share his recent work focusing on the agricultural landscape. ICON Director and popular art teacher, Bill Teeple, has carved out time to create a new series of small realistic landscape paintings. “I’ve been looking forward to celebrating realistic landscape art,” says show curator Bill Teeple. “It’s a genre of art that is particularly dear to me. This show focuses on the skill and craft of oil painting, watercolor painting, and drawing.” Thatcher states, “My yew tree series is based upon yew trees growing in St. Mary’s churchyard in Painswick, Gloucestershire, England. The yew trees were planted in the Middle Ages and form the most beautiful yew tree avenues in the world. Many of the trees planted along dirt pathways around the church have grown together to form archways. On many of the drawings, I will spend 100 – 650 hours or more on location to establish the image. These drawings require an immense amount of dedication, focus, and concentration. I have a deep relationship with the trees and my goal is to manifest my experience, love, and appreciation of these wonderful friends into vital living works of art.” John Preston grew up on America’s three coasts but moved to Iowa in 1979 and began painting the landscape in 1984 upon graduating from MIU with a BFA. He started with its expansive skies and fields but is currently exploring contemporary aspects of agriculture to complete that theme. His Iowa images have been exhibited regionally, nationally, and as far away as Cambodia and Nigeria. His work is included in public and private collections, including Iowa State University, John Deere, and the Chicago Federal Reserve. “My most recent work has been almost exclusively Plein air: painted on location in one session, or using location sketches to create a studio work,” says Preston. “I aim to express a particular moment. We live in times where life changes significantly in a day. Consequently, moments become precious.” Bill Teeple was a natural realistic painter of landscapes as a young man. After going to art school and being exposed to the full range of art activities of the 20th century, he couldn’t help but recapitulate the entire evolution of modern art, which has made him an excellent teacher. In the last few years, he has given himself permission to go back to his roots and do straight realistic painting again. This show is the inaugural exhibition of this work.



(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


ICON Gallery

58 N. Main St