Under the Influence - Contemporary Artists and the Masters Who Inspire Them


Mar 7, 2014 to Apr 5, 2014
10:00 AM


All artists study the Masters in varying degrees. They glean technique, application, ideas, composition, spatial relationships, colors, meaning and a host of other information that informs their art.

After continued hard work and careful observation an artist's own voice emerges in a unique style. Somerville Manning Gallery presents an exhibition of talented artists along with the masters who gave them inspiration.

Having spent most of his life in Chester County, Jeff Moulton has acquired much of the Brandywine Valley’s sensibilities but with a fresh twentieth century painterly approach.

Moulton, with his use of various painting mediums, charcoal, pastels and graphite, emulates the innovative work of acclaimed artist, Richard Diebenkorn.

These artists will hang beside New York artist, Dan Rizzie, who is so provoked by the work of iconic artist Donald Sultan that he even painted a piece in homage to him in 2003. The influence of Donald Sultan is clearly visible in the multifaceted mixed-media pieces by Dan Rizzie. Comparatively, the Dutch American abstract expressionist, Willem de Kooning’s use of color and form become evident in the work of Chester County artist, Vicki Vinton.

Also included will be paintings by Massachusetts artist Scott Prior, who is very affected by the early work of Gregory Gillsepie, noted American magic realist painter, particularly by his landscapes and still lifes.  Jane Morris Pack experiments with a ‘camera obscura,’ continuing the alleged practice of the Dutch master, Johannes Vermeer. Pack’s examination shows that every brushstroke is a choice and a consideration, giving her even more appreciation for Vermeer’s eye, his patience and his skill as a painter. Lastly, the elegant work by D.C. area artist, Kay Jackson uses old master oil painting techniques and traditional gilding, mostly inspired by Italian gothics such as Simone Martini. Her most distinctive series uses ancient gilding techniques to create endangered species icons surrounded by frames, which she designs for each work.


Free Admission


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101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE

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Somerville Manning Gallery


302 652 0271

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Marisa Nolan

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New Castle County



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