Like a Child Stuck in the Wave
Aaron Skolnick is engaged with the natural work. Utilizing plein air painting techniques, Skolnick immerses himself in whatever environment he inhabits. Whether traveling in the Southwestern United States, Mexico City, the fields of Kentucky, or the woods of upstate New York, Skolnick paints thoughtful, gestural images that convey the mood and energy of his surroundings. When discussing his oeuvre, he states: “Over the past year and a half the work has become more and about my time in nature as it was a great resting place for me when Louis (my former partner) died.
I am very interested in providing tender moments for people to rest on. Though nature is the bulk of this work, I am also interested in portraits of loved ones and self-portraits; my body and its landscape also became very important to me as I was a caregiver, for two years I lent my body to someone else to help nourish him as his life was ending.” Gentility and comfort are reoccurring themes. Each drawing and painting a record of time past and quiet moments of peace.
About the Artist
Aaron Michael Skolnick (b. 1989, Erlanger, KY), lives and works in Houston, TX. He has presented recent solo exhibitions at March Gallery, New York; Institute 193 (1b), New York; Fierman Gallery, New York. Skolnick has participated in group exhibitions at Atlanta Contemporary; Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, Louisville; University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington; September Gallery, Hudson, New York;
Danese Corey, New York; Transylvania University, Lexington; Left Field Gallery, Los Osos; NewHampshire Institute of Art, Peterborough, and Berry Campbell Gallery among others. He graduated with a BFA from the University of Kentucky in 2012. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the The University of Kentucky Art Museum and The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.