RoCA “Perspectives” Opening Reception

“Perspectives” presents art focusing on the cultural identity and autobiographical storytelling by invited artists. These artist’ works reflect on our stories – our devotions, memories, childhood circumstances, displacement of vulnerable communities, environmental issues, loss and processing mourning. Two other shows are also exhibiting “You Are Here” and “Anthropocene Outpost” at RoCA March 8th-April 19th 2020.

Sailin’ On at Silvermine Gallery

Sailin’ On will be at Silvermine Gallery in New Canaan, CT from January 19th to February 15th

“Grandmother Medicine” at Pleiades Gallery

Grandmother Medicine will be showing at Pleiades gallery 530 W 25th St.
Opening January 25th. until February 15th.
 

New Work! “Death of Mara”

Death of Mara
Oil on Canvas
44×52″
Our thoughts are often egoistical. Ripples that disturb still waters. A still mind has no judgement or desire. It is at peace.
Mara tried to prevent Buddha from enlightenment with temptations of egoistical physical desires, the Buddha’s final test.
Buddha defeated Mara with one touch of his finger on the earth beneath him as he sat still under the Bodhi tree.
This painting is a metaphor for ego death.
It also reflects the image of the Pieta, (Mary holding Jesus,  the physical form of the trinity).
Jesus died for the sins of “man” symbolizing  ego death as well.
The water represents cleansing rebirth and release. A baptism of sorts.

1st Prize Creative Climate Awards, Opening Reception

Was so surprised to have won first prize at the Creative Climate Awards this evening!

A great event for a great cause, among really solid work. What we do to the earth, we do to ourselves. Thank you to the Human Impacts Institute .

Exhibiting at the Taipei Cultural building 1 East 42nd st. NYC.

In gratitude. 🙏🏼

The Burial will be exhibited as part of “HeART & Mind” Oct 31, 2019 – Jan 12, 2020

The Burial will be exhibitied as part of  “HeART & Mind” (October 31, 2019 – January 12, 2020). The Silvermine Arts Center is organizing the exhibition HeART & Mind (October 31, 2019 – January 12, 2020) exploring how creativity can heal, nurture and sustain lives worth living.

Upcoming Shows Featuring “Gorgon” at Silvermine Gallery & Viridian Arts Gallery in Chelsea, NY

Proud to announce “Gorgon” has been selected and will be showing in September at Silvermine Gallery @silvermine_arts_center in New Canaan CT
And then in November at Viridian Contemporary @viridianartistsinc in Chelsea, NYC. 

The Nor’Easter 49th Annual Juried Exhibition at the New Britain Museum, CT

Honored to have been chosen as best in show and exhibited in the New Britain Museum which houses hero’s of mine such as: Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, Fredrick Church , NC Wyeth and my painting teacher from SVA Max Ginsberg. Special thanks to my wonderful daughters, Meghan Spiro, and my Brother Bruce for support.

Melt Down, Limner Gallery Hudson, NY

Excited to announce “Earthless” (detail) as being selected for the “Meltdown” exhibit at Limner Gallery in Hudson NY – opening June 14 thru July 13th 2019.

A MASTER-FUL APPROACH, WAG MAGAZINE

His website puts it right out there: “Russ Ritell — Oil Painter, Artist in the Hudson Valley.”

And while that description is certainly accurate, it only touches on the depth of Ritell’s story.

A recent visit to the artist’s studio, housed within a cabin in the woods of Cold Spring, offers a closer look into a most creative soul whose work is poised to reach a wider audience.

In 2018, Ritell had his first international showing in Berlin, was featured in an autumn show in Woodstock and, in December, not only exhibited again at bau Gallery, the oldest contemporary fine-art gallery in Beacon and one where he is a member, but also curated the show, Natural Selection…

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