Kevin Kadar's latest exhibition at Froelick Gallery, his eleventh with us, is titled New Paintings. This simple title belies the sharp content of his work; in oil and acrylic on paper, these beautifully rendered compositions suggest the Romantic landscapes of J. M. W. Turner and John Constable, though Kadar suffuses these with Surrealist elements and dire political allegory.
Closely following the U.S. Presidential race and it's result with great concern, Kadar addresses these matters- and his own attendant stresses and anxieties during a cross-country road trip to visit family in the Ozarks- in detailed scenes in which animals stand in for a number of human traits. Cows (innocent, naive) and monkeys (foolish, impulsive) saunter toward or hitch a ride on waiting crocodiles (ill-intentioned, predatory); bulls (hypermasculinity) clash in suggestive landscapes; people flee from a huge but harmless lizard and in to the clutches of attractive but bloodthirsty butterflies. Dramatic events and disasters are imminent. Outcomes are uncertain. Kadar identified his own feelings during this process as a dichotomy of desperation and desire, which he also realized had a parallel in dominant political themes of today. This astute sense of the word outside his studio makes for a dynamic addition to this superb painter's oeuvre.
Below are several of the works to be included in Kevin Kadar's February exhibition.