Inaugural exhibition: Against the Tide

Robert Yoder, (Seattle, WA) “Untitled (The Beach),” 2009, oil on panel, plexiglass, found papers, 23 x 15 inches. Private collection

Not all contemporary (or modern) artists dismiss water as a subject simply because Henry James rolled his eyes at Winslow Homer. Perhaps an artist returned to her family home in Nashville where the pool she remembered as a child lay drained and crumbling in the backyard. Or it could be that the reference to water is completely accidental, possibly subconscious. This online exhibition presents paintings by sixteen contemporary artists in the Two Coats of Paint community who have been drawn, perhaps against the tide, to the power and metaphor of water.

Artists include Joel Adas, Sean Anderson, Mark Barry, Barbara Brady, Jenny Zoe Casey, Emilia Dubicki, Mary Addison Hackett, Sara Klar, Rachelle Krieger, Magnolia Laurie, Joanne Mattera, Mott McCampbell, Claire McConaughy, Wendy Small, Cary Smith, Robert Yoder and Elizabeth Zans.

Cary Smith (Connecticut)
“Splat #14 (cerulean),” 2010
oil on linen
17 x 17 inches

Joanne Mattera (New York and Massachusetts)
“Silk Road 117,” 2009
encaustic on panel
12 x 12 inches
Rachelle Krieger (New York)
“Storm and Tide, I,”  2008
watercolor and Sumi ink on paper
10 x 10 inches
Joel Adas (Brooklyn, NY)
“Jetty Scene,” 2009
oil on wood panel
12 x 15 inches
Barbara Brady (Maine)
“Rising Tide,” 2010
oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches
Emilia Dubicki (Connecticut)
“The Coast of There,” 2010
oil on canvas, 48 x 52 inches
Collection of Richard Lalli and Michael Rigsby
Sara Klar (Brooklyn, NY)
“Decomposing Guston,” 1998 – 2008  
acrylic, marker, board on canvas,
11 by 11 inches
Mott McCampbell (Brooklyn, NY)
“You can’t fight the tide,” 2010
oil on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Jenny Zoe Casey (Florida)
“Surge,” 2010
digital inkjet on paper
17 x 22 inches
Wendy Small (Brooklyn, NY)
“Boats,” 2010
solarized unique photogram
20 x 16 inches
Mark Barry (Bennington, VT)
“Night Fishing,” 2010
oil on canvas   
34 x 30 inches
Elizabeth Zans (Cairo, Egypt)
“Two mosques,” 2010
oil on wood
7 x 10 inches
Claire McConaughy (New Jersey)
“Untitled (Pirate Towel),” 2010
oil on canvas
24 x 18 inches
Sean Anderson (Santa Barbara, CA)
“Contemplate,” 2010
oil on masonite
9 x 12 inches
Magnolia Laurie (Baltimore, MD)
“he noted, ‘The aesthetic impulse is the second most powerful, after survival.’”
2010, oil on panel
36 x 36 inches
Mary Addison Hackett (Nashville and Los Angeles)
“Two Oceans Full of Love,” 2010
oil on linen
7 x 5 inches

A 40-page, full-color catalogue with images and an expanded introduction is available at the Two Coats of Paint Bookshop. Prices for artwork are available on request–just send an email to with the artist’s name and “Against the Tide” in the subject line. The subject of the next exhibition will be announced soon.

Related post:
Sargent’s seascapes: What was he thinking?

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9 thoughts on “Inaugural exhibition: Against the Tide”

  1. Thanks Martin and Elaine. I wanted the exhibition o reflect the wide range of approaches explored by Two Coats readers. Don't forget to check out the catalogue, which was designed by my talented student Carolyn Lodge.

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