Current exhibition

   
Anne Petty, "Stumble", 2013, oil on canvas, 32 x 42"

Anne Petty, "Stumble", 2013, oil on canvas, 32 x 42"

Laura Hamje, "Sunrise", 2014, oil on paper, 15 x 22"

Laura Hamje, "Sunrise", 2014, oil on paper, 15 x 22"

Laura Hamje, "Astoria Rain", 2014,oil on linen, 40 x 30"

Laura Hamje, "Astoria Rain", 2014,oil on linen, 40 x 30"

Laura Hamje, "Eastlake at Dusk", 2014, oil on paper, 15 x 22"

Laura Hamje, "Eastlake at Dusk", 2014, oil on paper, 15 x 22"

Laura Hamje, "Before the Bridge", 2013, oil on linen, 48 x 72"

Laura Hamje, "Before the Bridge", 2013, oil on linen, 48 x 72"

Anne Petty, "Figure as Part of the Landscape", 2013, oil on canvas, 60 x 50.5"

Anne Petty, "Figure as Part of the Landscape", 2013, oil on canvas, 60 x 50.5"

Anne Petty, "Canopy", 2013, oil on canvas, 28 x 38"

Anne Petty, "Canopy", 2013, oil on canvas, 28 x 38"

Laura Hamje, "Streetlight", 2013, oil on paper, 7.25 x 12"

Laura Hamje, "Streetlight", 2013, oil on paper, 7.25 x 12"

Anne Petty, "Pressed", 2013, oil on canvas, 24 x 38"

Anne Petty, "Pressed", 2013, oil on canvas, 24 x 38"

Anne Petty, "Red Flower", 2013, oil on vellum, 11 x 8"

Anne Petty, "Red Flower", 2013, oil on vellum, 11 x 8"

Laura Hamje, "Tunneling", 2014, oil on linen, 24 x 35"

Laura Hamje, "Tunneling", 2014, oil on linen, 24 x 35"

Anne Petty, "Landscape", 2013, oil on vellum, 11 x 9"

Anne Petty, "Landscape", 2013, oil on vellum, 11 x 9"

Laura Hamje, "Underway", 2014, oil on linen, 4 x 5'

Laura Hamje, "Underway", 2014, oil on linen, 4 x 5'

Anne Petty, "The Meeting", 2013, oil on vellum, 17 x 14"

Anne Petty, "The Meeting", 2013, oil on vellum, 17 x 14"

Anne Petty, "Snow Press", 2013, oil on vellum, 9 x 12"

Anne Petty, "Snow Press", 2013, oil on vellum, 9 x 12"

Laura Hamje, "Astoria Variation", 2014, oil on canvas, 6 x 8"

Laura Hamje, "Astoria Variation", 2014, oil on canvas, 6 x 8"

Laura Hamje, "Monday Morning", 2014, oil on panel, 66 x 40"

Laura Hamje, "Monday Morning", 2014, oil on panel, 66 x 40"

About "Laura Hamje & Anne Petty", March 29 - April 26, 2014

Laura Hamje’s recent work entails architectural structures—buildings of course, but frequently bridges and construction sites. Her paintings have an abstract appeal. That is, when first looking at her work, it is this abstract quality that first captures the eye, then as a kind of backbeat, the subject matter kicks in. She thinks abstractly but paints descriptively. These factors are a difficult combination to keep in mind as one paints; Laura Hamje does it very well.
 

Anne Petty’s paintings have a compelling psychological presence brought about by posture and body language. There is anxiety and stress, sometimes overtly, other times, subtly presented. The paintings have an impressive expressive presence as well as rather extraordinary formal excellence. She knows how and when to abbreviate description of landscape and interior spaces. In the human figure she knows what is the essential detail and what needs to be broadly handled. Anne Petty’s meeting of form and expression makes for a formidable series of paintings indeed.