Sunday, November 6, 2011

More About Ron Boehmer & Virginia Landscapes

Spring Pasture Near Goode
oil painting on canvas
framed size: 19" H x 21"W

Bedford County VA

MFA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1975
BFA, cum laude, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 1971

Selected Shows
Cudahy's Gallery, Callin McJunkin Gallery, Sweet Briar College, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Greenville Museum of Fine Art, Chrysler Museum, McKissick Museum University of SC Columbia SC, Smoyer Gallery Roanoke College, Appalachain State University Boone NC, Virginia Historical Society Richmond VA
"Ron Boehmer paints the quiet moments. His subtle and meditative landscapes depict not so much documentation of place, as the spirituality behind and in and around the images. Ordinary byways, river and creek beds, backwoods, and open meadows are interpreted without fanfare, but with a quiet dignity that suggests the eternity present in every moment.
Though deeply influenced by such 19th century landscape painters as David Johnson, Russell Smith and Theodore Robinson, Boehmer's work also reflects the influence of his teacher and this century's noted dean of American landscape painting, Neil Welliver. Boehmer's work manifests the dual influences of the 19th century approach to the spirituality and grandeur of nature, and respect for an agrarian lifestyle and Welliver's 20th c. innovations. Welliver's work, influenced by such important 20th c. painters as Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning, introduced new elements of abstraction and abstract expressionism into traditional American landscape painting.
Boehmer's paintings offer a unique synthesis of these diverse influences, with particular interest in capturing light, attendant atmospheric conditions, and in describing the abstract patterning inherent in nature. The inviting interior woodlands, open meadows, farmland and cityscapes in his adopted home in the Virginias are the subject of Boehmer's most recent explorations.
Boehmer has taught painting in Virginia for more than 20 years and has exhibited extensively in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions. Since 1984, he has participated in over 50 juried shows and exhibitions, receiving more than 40 awards in painting and drawing. Boehmer's more recent noteworthy exhibitions include "Myth, Memory, and Imagination: Selections from the Julia J. Norrell Collection" at the McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina in Columbia, which traveled to the North Dakota Museum of Art, and The Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, and "The Virginia Landscape", an exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society surveying more than 200 years of artistic interpretation of the Virginia landscape.
His works are in numerous private and corporate collections, including Hollins University, Nations Bank, the University of Virginia Medical Center, and the United States Embassy Saudi Arabia."
                                                                                                                     quote from
                                                                                                                 Callen McJunkin Art Gallery

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