Betty Cuningham Gallery

Betty Cuningham Gallery Artist Submissions:
The gallery regrets that it is unable to accept any unsolicited submissions.

Artists Represented:
Clytie Alexander
William Bailey
Jake Berthot
Rackstraw Downes
Greg Drasler
Elizabeth Enders
Charles Garabedian
Judy Glantzman
Annette Lawrence
John Lees
Stanley Lewis
Beverly McIver
Philip Pearlstein
Mia Westerlund Roosen
Alison Wilding

Happy Holidays! The gallery will be closed from December 22, 2023, through Monday, January 1, 2024, for a winter break. ...
12/21/2023

Happy Holidays! The gallery will be closed from December 22, 2023, through Monday, January 1, 2024, for a winter break.

We will return to Greg Drasler's 'External Drive' on Tuesday, January 2 at 10:00 am.

12/20/2023

This short clip is a glimpse into the kind of insight Greg Drasler offers on his work during weekly visits to the gallery. While we will be closed for the holiday season from December 22 through January 1, Greg will continue to schedule regular times to engage with the public in the New Year!

There are 12 works like the one pictured here available from Greg Drasler's 'Untitled" series which accompanies 'Externa...
12/16/2023

There are 12 works like the one pictured here available from Greg Drasler's 'Untitled" series which accompanies 'External Drive'. These small pieces can be sold individually, or as a series, and can be collected from the gallery before the holidays! If you are interested please contact us for more information.
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Untitled Series, 2023⁠
14 x 11 inches
Oil on linen

"Road travel, cinematography, and my concern for the sensation of movement in paintings led me to work sequentially. Pai...
12/14/2023

"Road travel, cinematography, and my concern for the sensation of movement in paintings led me to work sequentially. Paintings from one series to the next, from one frame to another, looking
from side to side, inspire low and wide compositional expressions." - Greg Drasler, 2023
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There and Back #7, 2023
Oil on linen
32 x 40 inches

12/12/2023

A brief audio clip from Greg Drasler's recent visit to the gallery. He will be spending Saturday afternoon at the gallery again this week to talk with the public and answer questions about 'External Drive'. Hope you see you then!

This selection of work comes from Greg Drasler's new series, 'Untitled' each of which depicts a small portion of landsca...
12/09/2023

This selection of work comes from Greg Drasler's new series, 'Untitled' each of which depicts a small portion of landscape akin to those seen in his larger works currently on view as part of 'External Drive'.
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Untitled Series, 2023
14 x 11 inches
Oil on linen

This selection of work comes from Greg Drasler's new series, 'Untitled' each of which depicts a small portion of landsca...
12/09/2023

This selection of work comes from Greg Drasler's new series, 'Untitled' each of which depicts a small portion of landscape akin to those seen in his larger works currently on view as part of 'External Drive'.
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Untitled Series, 2023
14 x 11 inches
Oil on linen

Greg Drasler will spend the afternoon at the gallery this Saturday, December 9th. He will be here to talk about 'Externa...
12/07/2023

Greg Drasler will spend the afternoon at the gallery this Saturday, December 9th. He will be here to talk about 'External Drive' and answer questions from 2-4 pm. We hope you can join us!

“They were a product of studio happenstance, where I would nail all these little canvases together. I would put them sor...
12/05/2023

“They were a product of studio happenstance, where I would nail all these little canvases together. I would put them sort of ground to ground, and I was really excited by the spatial grid that it created at the same time there were objects interrupting. And that is what these paintings are sort of a spin-off of.” – Greg Drasler on the series ‘There and Back’, 2023
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There and Back #4, 2023
Oil on linen
32 x 40 inches

In 'Dealership', 2020, the cars typically present in Drasler's work disappear. A bold edge remains to guide sight, but t...
11/30/2023

In 'Dealership', 2020, the cars typically present in Drasler's work disappear. A bold edge remains to guide sight, but the focus is far beyond the confines of a physical space. It finds its reference in the visual design of Tiepolo’s Virtues from the ceiling of Scuola del Carmine in Venice. The framing is no longer a car window, but rather a nod to the history of art.
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Greg Drasler
Dealership, 2020
Oil on linen
40 x 44 inches

"The low-slung crazy-quilt landscapes divides the land into properties. These vivid property maps, pull the sky into the...
11/25/2023

"The low-slung crazy-quilt landscapes divides the land into properties. These vivid property maps, pull the sky into the grip of the horizon." - Greg Drasler, 2023
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There and Back #5, 2023
Oil on linen
32 x 40 inches

A video recording of John Lees Artist Talk hosted at Betty Cuningham Gallery on November 4, 2023 is now available to str...
11/22/2023

A video recording of John Lees Artist Talk hosted at Betty Cuningham Gallery on November 4, 2023 is now available to stream on YouTube. Please click the link below to watch: https://youtu.be/_k1Uowo2SaI

"The window frames of the vehicle are not only an apparatus,but also pose a cinematic format of frame-by-frame construct...
11/21/2023

"The window frames of the vehicle are not only an apparatus,
but also pose a cinematic format of frame-by-frame construction
and sequence, informing these paintings." - Greg Drasler, 2023
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Slept Here, 2019
Oil on linen
40 x 44 inches

"Drasler paints aerial and terrestrial views in the series,'There and Back', 2023 – looking down and looking up, expandi...
11/18/2023

"Drasler paints aerial and terrestrial views in the series,'There and Back', 2023 – looking down and looking up, expanding from all angles - speeding us down the highway, with the top down." - Betty Cuningham, 2023
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There and Back #3, 2023
Oil on linen
32 x 40 inches

Greg Drasler, 'External Drive' is now open to the public! Please join us for an opening reception tonight from 6-8 pm at...
11/16/2023

Greg Drasler, 'External Drive' is now open to the public! Please join us for an opening reception tonight from 6-8 pm at the gallery!

Just as a journey down an open highway offers dramatic changes of scenery, so does Greg Drasler’s 'External Drive', an e...
11/14/2023

Just as a journey down an open highway offers dramatic changes of scenery, so does Greg Drasler’s 'External Drive', an exhibition of new paintings. Please join us on Thursday, November 16 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for an opening reception and celebration!
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Chain, 2020
Oil on linen
40 x 44 inches

11/14/2023
It is the final days to experience John Lees, 'Krazy Paradise' in person at Betty Cuningham Gallery. The exhibition will...
11/09/2023

It is the final days to experience John Lees, 'Krazy Paradise' in person at Betty Cuningham Gallery. The exhibition will be open to the public until 6:00pm on Saturday, November 11th. We hope you can join us!
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Two Women, 2018-2023
Oil on canvas
15 3/4 x 17 inches

"The canvas has its own life. I take things down with a combination of sandpaper, Murphy’s Oil Soap, and some of the les...
11/07/2023

"The canvas has its own life. I take things down with a combination of sandpaper, Murphy’s Oil Soap, and some of the less toxic, but also less efficient, paint removers. You achieve an element of chance. I love ruins. I love the ruins of Pompeii. I don’t know if we would have liked those paintings as well if we saw them the way they looked 2000 years ago." - John Lees, 2022
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Andalucia, 2022
Oil on canvas
19 1/2 x 15 inches

A wonderful afternoon spent at the gallery with John Lees! Thank you to all of those who attended. If you were unable to...
11/04/2023

A wonderful afternoon spent at the gallery with John Lees! Thank you to all of those who attended. If you were unable to join in person today, please note that there will be a full length recording available online in the coming days.

"By exposing the thickness of memory and its multi-dimensional quality, Lees also exposes the dynamism of his process. H...
11/02/2023

"By exposing the thickness of memory and its multi-dimensional quality, Lees also exposes the dynamism of his process. His multiple applications of a palette knife and multiple scrapings show not simply the length and breadth of memory, but also its depth, which underscores its persistence. For Lees, time is as important an element of painting as it is for a novelist or memoirist. This painting seems to speak to the viewer clearly and deeply, though in a baritone whisper." - Ed Breslin, 2015
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Flower in a self-made frame, 2009-2023
Oil on canvas
8 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches

A reminder that John Lees will be at the gallery this Saturday, November 4th, to host an artist talk at 12:00 pm. We hop...
10/31/2023

A reminder that John Lees will be at the gallery this Saturday, November 4th, to host an artist talk at 12:00 pm. We hope you can join us!
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Study (Landscape), 2013-2023
Oil on canvas
7 x 11 1/4 inches

"It is in his portraits and figure paintings of friends, admired individuals, and partners that Lees’s brew of contendin...
10/26/2023

"It is in his portraits and figure paintings of friends, admired individuals, and partners that Lees’s brew of contending feelings reaches an excruciatingly powerful pitch [...] If we cannot stop time, and Lees knows that he can’t, perhaps one alternative is to honor its caustic effects." - John Yau, 2021

This individual piece is a true testament to the power of time in John Lees' work, as he has continuously returned to it with new feelings and perspectives since 1986.
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Cabeau, 1986-2023
Oil on masonite mounted on wood
14 1/4 x 11 inches

John Lees often reimagines the same motif in several works, over several years. Below you can read what Betty Cuningham ...
10/24/2023

John Lees often reimagines the same motif in several works, over several years. Below you can read what Betty Cuningham had to say about 'Man Sitting in an Armchair', 2010:

"Man Sitting in an Armchair is an image of his father with all the media piled up and removed as the memories collide. And the man, neither young nor old, weighty in the chair, weighty in media, holds all time within the painting’s frame."

While titled the same, Betty does not directly reference the painting above. However, the sentiment remains the same as John has returned to the same subject to explore how perception and time have further intertwined.
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Man Sitting in an Armchair, 2023
Oil on canvas
21 x 18 inches

"Lees keeps going over his subjects, holding onto whatever brought him to a particular view, memory, or vision in the fi...
10/21/2023

"Lees keeps going over his subjects, holding onto whatever brought him to a particular view, memory, or vision in the first place. We might never learn what memories and associations... provoked in him, but we don’t have to." - John Yau, 2021
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Painting Clown, 2022
Ink, pencil, white out on paper
8 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches

'Krazy Paradise' now though November 11, 2023.John Lees will give an artist talk ​at Betty Cuningham Gallery on Saturday...
10/17/2023

'Krazy Paradise' now though November 11, 2023.
John Lees will give an artist talk ​at Betty Cuningham Gallery on Saturday, November 4th at 12:00 pm. We hope you can join us!

John Lees concentrates on and often revisits, a single image: a person, a hill, a stream, or his childhood home. However...
10/14/2023

John Lees concentrates on and often revisits, a single image: a person, a hill, a stream, or his childhood home. However, he also creates works where unspoken words linger between figures. In these cases, the players are anonymous and the narratives ambiguous, but, characteristic of Lees, all are drawn from an experience buried deep in his subconscious.
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Double Portrait, Cairo, N.Y. Summer, 1991 -2023
Oil on canvas
26 x 22 inches

"Humor and pop culture references give Lees’s work levity — as do bursts of high-keyed color across scraped surfaces wit...
10/12/2023

"Humor and pop culture references give Lees’s work levity — as do bursts of high-keyed color across scraped surfaces with impasto paint in low relief. Despite the fact that he works on paintings for as long as 30 years, they don’t appear overly precious. Instead, they seem human and vulnerable. Several of Lees’s paintings have been re-shown in multiple iterations over the years, each time edited and re-worked." - Jennifer Samet

An excerpt from Jennifer Samet's 2022 interview with John Lees for Hyperallergic's 'Beer with a Painter' series. To read the full transcription click the link below:
https://hyperallergic.com/738680/beer-with-a-painter-john-lees/
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Profile, 2012; -2015; 2022
Oil on canvas board
8 x 7 1/8 inches

10/10/2023

A shot clip of John Lees speaking at the September 20th panel discussion, 'Painting and Meaning' hosted by the New York Studio School and Sugarlift Gallery.

"Dilly Dally is a character from the Howdy Doody show (1947–1960), a pioneering experiment in television programming for...
10/07/2023

"Dilly Dally is a character from the Howdy Doody show (1947–1960), a pioneering experiment in television programming for children...Dilly Dally was a minor character, who always wore a sweater marked with a D, the main character’s pal, but always an outsider. I’m tempted to think of Lees’s decision to focus on him—'unstrung,' or freed from control—as an autobiographical statement about feeling himself to be both 'there' and 'not there' as an artist in his community." - Alfred Mac Adam, 2023

To read the full review of John Lees' 'Krazy Paradise' published on The Brooklyn Rail website click the link below:
https://brooklynrail.org/2023/10/artseen/John-Lees-Krazy-Paradise
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Dilly Dally Unstrung, 2022
Oil on board
12 x 9 inches

"I have always looked for timelessness in the art that I love. And this is curious as Lees' work for me seems to be abou...
10/05/2023

"I have always looked for timelessness in the art that I love. And this is curious as Lees' work for me seems to be about time-fullness. But from Lees, I have learned that timelessness and time-fullness might be the same thing." - Betty Cuningham, 2011
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Ripples (Double Page), 2021-22
Pencil, colored pencil, Pitt pen (sepi & black), ball point on paper
9 x 19 3/4 inches

"The oil paintings in this show are textured and unpretentious, imbued with a self-aware sense of humor. Lees doesn’t ne...
10/03/2023

"The oil paintings in this show are textured and unpretentious, imbued with a self-aware sense of humor. Lees doesn’t need the pathos other painters rely on to make his paintings visually profound. He’s not trying to be a tragic painter, aiming instead for an easygoing ambiguity." - Oliver Katz, 2023

To read the full article published in The Brooklyn Rail, click the link below. John Lees, 'Krazy Paradise' is open to the public until October 28, 2023.

https://brooklynrail.org/2023/09/special-report/Saturday-Around-Sara-D-Roosevelt
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Man in Yellow Pants Sitting in an Armchair, 2022
Oil on wood panel
14 7/8 x 12 1/8 inches

"For him the made thing, painting or drawings small pyramidal ink bottle/melted Tower of Babel/unrealized figure sculptu...
09/30/2023

"For him the made thing, painting or drawings small pyramidal ink bottle/melted Tower of Babel/unrealized figure sculpture, must announce that it has been lived through and that this life shows. Another way to say this is what we mean when we say a face has character or that a tenor player or singer has soul. Somehow, depths are apparent on the surface." - William Corbett, 2008
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John Lees
Quarryman, 2022
Ink, white out, pencil on paper
8 1/8 x 10 3/16 inches

"John’s work is about time: the time within the painting and the time outside the painting... The imagery characteristic...
09/21/2023

"John’s work is about time: the time within the painting and the time outside the painting... The imagery characteristically comes out of his past: the courtyard at the Otis Art Institute (where he went to art school) or his childhood house in Denville or seemingly a film still from an old movie or even his tenor sax."
-Betty Cuningham, 2011
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Blue Courtyard, 1986-2020; 2023
Oil on canvas
14 x 17 inches

In many ways, John Lees paints as if his pieces were recurring dreams. Here we see an example of a dream that highlights...
09/19/2023

In many ways, John Lees paints as if his pieces were recurring dreams. Here we see an example of a dream that highlights life's simple joys, like an Umbrian landscape with swaying treetops.

To explore more of John Lees' private universe, please join us at the gallery through October 28, 2023, for 'Krazy Paradise'.
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Hills in Umbria, 2001-2010; 2023
Oil on wood
7 1/8 x 10 3/8 inches

John Lees characteristically spends years working and reworking his paintings and drawings. The build-up and sanding dow...
09/16/2023

John Lees characteristically spends years working and reworking his paintings and drawings. The build-up and sanding down of paint, tears, patches, and written diary logs of dates are among the physical reminders of the lengthy time spent on each work.

Oftentimes, not only are we aware of time spent making a work but also of time, itself, as a subject of the work. In this particular example, we are able to reflect upon seven years of work on a single page.
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Man Sitting in an Armchair (Harry Comix), 2015-22
Ink, pencil, white out on paper
11 1/8 x 9 3/8 inches

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