The Canfin Gallery in Tarrytown sheds light on this dark season with a new show of pastel works by painter Jean Duquoc, “Luminosity.”

Duquoc’s work evokes the bold, fierce palette of the Postimpressionists and the Fauves.

Emphasizing the effects of light on the landscape, and recreating its realities are the constant pursuit of this long celebrated artist. Born in 1937,Duquoc has been influenced by the landscape of his beloved home in Brittany, France. His passions are for that which lies beyond the discernible, hidden realms of essential worlds. It is there that luminosity reigns preeminent. And where the effect and discernment of light informs and transforms its environment.

For Duquoc, these works are not mere painterly explorations, but transformative works. They are transcendent moments articulated in paint and now pastel, where the cosmic force of the universe may be seen and explored. It is, according to the artist, “in moments of quiet reverence that the magnificence of an ever-changing and dynamic landscape reveals itself.”

The immediacy of pastel as medium,allows the artist to explore his subject directly. In these renderings, light and shade dominate his intention, and the artist’s clever hand captures the rapture borne of such experience. Reveling in color and its effects, he emphasizes in the body of these works his quest for the primacy of tonal harmony.


Duquoc’s work, which may be found in public and private collections worldwide, runs Jan. 24 through Feb. 22. The gallery is at 39 Main St. For more, call 914-332-4554 or visit – edited by Georgette Gouveia

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