A Little History of Riley

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Riley Brewster recently showed two paintings at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT. They are part of a show called Concrete and Shadows that includes two works each by Jiliane Jones, Christopher Mir, and Howard el Yasin. Holding together marvelously, the group show by the two sculptors and two painters deserves attention and commendation. The show was curated by Steve DiGiovanni and is open from June 24 to July 29, 2016.

My intent here, however, is to highlight Riley’s work in the context of his other recent exhibitions. Three summers ago, Riley had many paintings on exhibit at the Giampetro Gallery at Erector Square in New Haven and that show gave a large expansive sense of of his recent work. The concern with and passion for poetry, for a sense of place, and for a personal and authentic meditation remain consistent over the years. The paintings resonate deeply.

As I reflected on these two summer shows…

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