Jill Basham & Kim VanDerHoek
Opening: September 18th 6:30-9pm
An introduction by Peter Trippi of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine
"From Above. As exhibition titles go, this one is refreshingly straightforward. Jill
Basham and Kim VanDerHoek have been busy looking down on the world from
lofty vantages, and the results are as impressive as we might have expected. Both
of these talented artists are playing at the top of their game, demonstrating that
they keep evolving without wandering too far from the strong suits for which
they are already admired.
Both say they love to sit by the window while flying, and it shows. Though only
some of these paintings capture airborne views, they all make me a little blue
because I have not flown anywhere—hardly traveled at all—since March 2020
when our world shifted. I love to fly, so I completely “get” Basham and VanDerHoek’s
passion for watching the world glide by 35,000 feet below. I still don’t
understand exactly how commercial jets take off and land, but I remain grateful
for what they give us—not only opportunities to visit other places, but also to
marvel at the miracle that Earth is. Before the 20th century, even the most intrepid
explorer did not enjoy the privileges we take for granted: to see the world in
all its beauty and banality, to grasp how the natural and the manmade converge,
to realize how simultaneously powerful and fragile this planet is.
Even when they are “just” perched on a hillside looking over a city, valley, or
plain, Basham and VanDerHoek bring us to a higher place. Sure, they deftly
capture the humidity, coloring, and mood of the scene, but it’s more than that:
bypassing the descriptive and photographic, each somehow conveys the feelings
the vista has triggered, certainly in the artist and very likely in the viewer. This
is armchair travel in the best sense—not a flip through National Geographic, but
an invitation to experience that rush of awe we feel when we find a striking view.
It’s a mix of “wow” and “oh, now I see how this place connects to that place.”
Getting that mix right – in paint, no less – isn’t easy, and so I congratulate
Basham and VanDerHoek on nailing it so very well."
- Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, New York
The opening reception will take place 6:30-9 that evening and is tentatively scheduled to be in-person with both artists in attendance! The works will be on display though October 12th.