Gallery at 200 Lex: Pacific Swim – A Summer Show

The Gallery at 200 Lex presents the exhibit Pacific Swim – A Summer Show, featuring West Coast and Hawaii artists from Elisa Contemporary Art. The exhibit will run through September 15, 2014. Featured artists sharing the fun of Summer beaches and water include:

Kauai painter, Carol Bennett

Carol Bennett is a native of Los Angeles, who has spent the last 20 years living in Hawaii in Kaua’i. She spends all of her time surrounded by water, and a great deal within it. Her work is a meditative journey through both the water and through life. Her fascination with the swimmer imagery began when she was living in Los Angeles and swimming at the LA Athletic Club. According to Carol, “The floor beneath the pool, with its ethereal skylight, was an underwater observation room…used by Olympic coaches in the 1920′s. I would feel like a voyeur, watching the swimmer’s private time and drawing in their beauty. I became the swimmer I observed in the images I later created.”

Carol’s work has been featured in many solo and group exhibits throughout California and Hawaii. She recently completed a commissioned glass canopy for the Hawaii State Art Museum, Sculpture Garden. She has been featured in Hamptons Cottages & Gardens and Ocean Home Magazine.

Big Island artist, Mike Field

Mike Field was born in Guam, but soon found himself on the Island of Oahu, in Hawaii. He received a B.F.A. in 1990 from Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles, California.

Mike has come to truly embody all that is Hawaii and immersed himself in various island sports. Mike lives and paints high atop Mount Hualalai, on the Big Island, with his wife, Terry, and their two kids. You can find him late at night in his studio, among his sketches, canvases, surf boards, and canoe paddles

San Francisco minimalist, Jeffrey Palladini

Jeffrey Palladini’s unconventional portraits evoke feelings of sensuality and euphoria. While the San Francisco-based artist studied at California State University, it was in Florence that his true creative spirit was pulled forth from the beauty that surrounded him.

Now his modern figure paintings breathe life with vibrant colors and flowing brush strokes. Unlike many portrait paintings, Jeffrey minimizes the amount of detail and information allowing the viewer to gain intense suggestions of emotions in an instant. The simplicity is reminiscent of Alex Katz.

Palladini has exhibited his work around the U.S. and the world for over twenty years. His work is included in numerous private and corporate collections. Most recently, Palladini was honored with an SFMOMA SECA Award nomination, and was named one of San Francisco’s Top 20 Artists in Asterisk SF Magazine’s Art & Design Issue.

View the exhibition in the Café at 200 Lex. For more information or to purchase, visit the 10th floor or call 646.293.6633.