Opening reception for I D Y L L G A Z E

Kenise Barnes Fine Art

Apr. 9, 2016, 06:30 pm

1947 Palmer Avenue

Press Release March 22, 2016

For Immediate release
New exhibition opens on April 9, 2016

Reception: Saturday evening, April 9, 6:30 – 8:00, public invited

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 5:30 and by appointment


Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to present I D Y L L G A Z E, an exhibition of oil paintings by contemporary artist David Konigsberg. This is the artist’s fourth solo show with the gallery who has represented him since 2007. This delightful show is perfectly timed to welcome spring, the perennial symbol and embodiment of renewal.

David Konigsberg bridges the divide between art and real life in narrative paintings that are both objective and conceptual. His work occupies a nether world of image and memory in his very personal narratives, which are not meant to be deciphered but experienced as emotional possibilities.

The artist’s own midsummer garden inspired this vibrant new series of paintings. Konigsberg’s garden, a highly structured urban oasis, serves as a stage on which visual drama both real and imagined unfold. Specifically, unruly beds of exuberant zinnias and sunflowers, home to dozens of bees, moths and hummingbirds, are the backdrop for the paintings. Konigsberg spent many meditative hours in the company of these birds and insects, captivated by their movements in and out and through the tangle of flora.


The pleasure of idle time spent in the garden yielded reverie and dreamy musings. In some canvases, expeditionary garden sprites inhabit the miniature private worlds between the stems, blossoms and beds of the garden. Painted during the fall and winter, the compositions are a testament to the sweetness of lingering recollections and the introspective journeys they inspire. The timelessness of nature with its mesmerizing rhythm endures as a balm for the soul and a meditation on life and creativity. Each gesture of beauty and sweep of rich color in these canvases feeds the eye and beckons to the imagination.

The artist’s work has been exhibited throughout out the United States and has been featured in The New York Times, Chronogram, Wall Street International and Brooklyn Journal as well as numerous art and culture blogs. David Konigsberg lives and works in Hudson, New York.

In April, our gallery II space will feature an exhibition with encaustic sculptures and works on paper by Laura Moriarty and minimal, abstract paintings by Elizabeth Gourlay. Images of the work and information on these artists can be found on our website.

Additional space in our project room is reserved for framed drawings and our flat files which house hundreds of unframed works on paper. We always have a wide selection of paintings, drawings, prints, monoprints and photographs to offer collectors. We maintain an extensive inventory in our warehouse that includes a private presentation room.

In-home or office consultations are complimentary.

Please contact the gallery for images, information or to arrange a preview of exhibitions.

Kenise Barnes, director: [email protected]
Lani Holloway, gallery manager: [email protected]
B. Avery Syrig, sales support and admin. assistant: [email protected]


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