Billy Sullivan’s painted portraits

“Billy Sullivan,” Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY. Through October 14.

Leslie Camhi reports in The Village Voice: “Billy Sullivan’s extensive photographic archive forms the basis for his recent paintings, which are the major news here, rendered in loose brushwork and sometimes jewel-toned colors. ‘Sirpa’ and her breakfast return in them, alongside other muses: androgynous Missy of the impossibly long eyelashes; Alessio, wearing riding cap in a London taxi; exquisite Christian, smoking a cigarette, pale and lost in thought. And the artist himself, elegant in a pin-striped jacket on an evening out. The tables around him have begun to empty, yet he’s still clear-eyed, taking the measure of what remains, and what is lost.” Read more.

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