Jim Ebersole

Stillness and Quietude

Exhibition dates: April 27th to May 27th, 2012

Works from this exhibition are available as an edition. Click on any of the works to go through to a page where the work can be purchased online or access the entire collection here

In the noble tradition of Edward Hopper, the Hudson River School, the Barbizon School and even back to John Constable and beyond, Jim Ebersole paints en plein air. The resulting studies are every bit as much about paint as they are about the scene that is being painted. In the era of digital reproduction and camera phones we forget that the transference of 3d information to a 2d surface by the human eye is not an automatic process. In painting there is more in play than the simple reproduction of images, there is a distinct human element and a sense of the place: the atmosphere, the light, the mood, the time of day, all of this gets conveyed in the application of paint to a surface. Often times with a minimum of actual information, as though between the strokes as much as in them. In such a way painting can be reverential, an almost spiritual activity through which painters paint the unseen as much as they paint the leaves, the trees, the buildings and the streets. This is something that we once knew and have since forgotten.

Third and Third

Prospect Park II Afternoon

Beverly Rd and East 5th Street


Long Meadow Evening

A painter who produces simple scenes such as these of the parks and empty streets on quiet days in Brooklyn can be unsurprisingly overlooked. For this reason, we took Ebersole’s quiet studies and blew them up to monumental scale. The show comprised of five stretched canvases at 40” x 60” or larger of paintings done 8” x 12” or smaller. Reproduction prints that almost forensically investigate the originals. Like Monet’s later Water Lilies every paint stroke and every gesture is on display. The works bear investigation in this way and in such a form we hope they is so commanding of the viewers attention that in them they can hear the silence.