Face to Face:  Selected American Portraits
Through January 12, 2005
Opening Reception: Friday November 12, 5 – 7pm

Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery (Downtown)
1266 Coast Village Road, Montecito, CA 93108
Phone, (805) (805) 969-5112, Fax: (805) 969-0220
Contact, John C. Strawn
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A portfolio sampling of “Face to Face” exhibition may be viewed at the gallery's Web site,

Gallery hours: Monday to Sunday, from 11 AM to 6 PM

"As strange as it sounds, I'm not specifically interested in a likeness of the subject, but rather more concerned about what lies beneath the skin - the inward makeup of a person.  The dance between the sitter and the artist is a delicate one, and the artist should never underestimate the importance of the portrait to the subject." - Jack R. Smith

Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery is proud to present its holiday show, “Face to Face: Selected American Portraits”.  From masters like Colin Campbell Cooper and William Merrit Chase to rising artists like Jack Smith and John Nava, the exhibition will offer a selection of pieces in variety of mediums.  Newly commissioned portraits by Hank Pitcher, John Nava, Jack Smith, and Bo Bartlett offer a fresh and explosive look at the age-old genre.

Portraiture is often associated with 19th century Europe and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ iconic portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte.  But many contemporary painters have rediscovered the grand tradition of portraiture – articulating and reinventing the genre in captivating ways.  A portrait is a unique experience among artist and sitter – whereby the artist attempts to articulate the essence of one single individual.

Jack Smith, with his gritty images of human emotion, uses the Dutch process of black oil painting.  His commissioned portraits highlight some of Santa Barbara’s most prominent art collectors.  For the exhibition, Hank Pitcher who is known as a landscape painter has returned to his beginnings as a figurative painter in the tradition of Alex Katz. John Nava, Bo Bartlett, Jack R. Smith and the others offer a number of rich and sophisticated portrait pieces.

Sullivan Goss will be staying open late to welcome artists, collectors, and interested members of the community to this special holiday exhibition. Please join us.

“Realist portraits, the more serious of them anyway, have been giving us glimpses into personality for a millennia.” – Curator David L. Witt


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