Mitchell Albala’s Acceptance and John McCormick’s Visitation remain on exhibit at Lisa Harris Gallery through March 31, 2014.
Above: Mitchell Albala, Study, Apparition, oil on paper, 5.5 x 4.5.
Albala has turned realist powers of observation into imaginary scenes of real events. He has transcended painterly realism and suggests its possible fate in the present century. – Matthew Kangas, Visual Art Source
Landscape painter Mitchell Albala’s latest collection of works takes a dark turn. While still drawing heavily on soft, semi-abstract horizons, these paintings focus on historical human catastrophes … It’s beauty to ease the horror, and horror to make the beauty unsettling. – SeattleMet
There’s nothing bucolic about the landscapes in painter Mitchell Albala’s latest solo show Acceptance. – City Arts
There seems to be something very courageous about these paintings … in making the paintings in the first place, dealing with such pain and sorrow and death and destruction, and then also showing us that there’s beauty within all that. To be alive on this earth is to be forever faced with the shocking truth that there is beauty within catastrophe. You have shown us that in these paintings, and I, for one, am grateful for the reminder. – Margaret Davidson, author of Contemporary Drawing: Key Concepts and Techniques
Mitchell Albala creates startling juxtapositions in his work, pairing bright tonalities with catastrophic subject matter. – Fine Art Connoisseur
The Acceptance Series as Commentary on Human Consciousness
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