Bucks County Herald

Realism exhibition highlights paintings and sculptures

“Counter Punch” is by the late Joe Brown.

Pedersen Gallery, 17 N. Union St., Lambertville, N.J., hosts “Realism in Color and Form,” featuring paintings by George Stave and sculpture by Joe Brown, July 15 to Aug. 4, with an opening from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14.

Stave (1923-2011) is known for his realist landscapes and still lifes. His landscapes were painted en plein air, without preparatory drawing to capture the unique evanescence of natural light. His still lifes were painted in his studio in a trompe l’oeil realism.

Stave’s achievements in landscape painting were celebrated in 1981 with a one man exhibition at the Newark Museum. The unique light of the Jersey Shore or the array of brightly colored bottles and tins that make up his art remain.

Brown (1909-1985) came to Princeton University in 1937 as the newly appointed boxing coach, after boxing at Temple University and as a professional.

Not long after this appointment, Dean Christian Gauss saw a small sculpture of an athlete by Brown and encouraged him to become the University Resident Fellow of Sculpture.

Brown is best known for his boxing sculptures. His focus on the specifics of the motion of muscles and the expression of athletic determination gave rise to the recognition of Brown as the country’s leading sports sculptor.

The gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. weekends, and by appointment.


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