Thomas Kegler: Painting Niagara

Thomas Kegler (American, born 1970) Niagara, Psalms 84:11, 2015, oil, 30 x 96 inches, Courtesy of the Artist

Exhibit:  May 7, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Reception:  May 7, 2017 — 2:00pm - 4:00pm


The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University will host Thomas Kegler: Painting Niagara. Harkening back to the Hudson River school of artists, educator and artist Thomas Kegler will lend his Niagara, Psalms 84:11, an eight foot panorama painting of the Horseshoe falls of Niagara. The quiet and contemplative works included in this exhibition include 15 plein air paintings and related studies created by Kegler for the painting video he produced, as well as works from the Castellani Art Museum collection.

The video release will be the most comprehensive instructional documentary ever made on the landscape painting techniques of “indirect painting” used by the old masters. The ground-breaking film presents the creation of this major studio painting over the span of two years of study, planning, and constructing. This behind the scenes look into Kegler's studio practices shares detailed technical understanding of “layered” painting approaches, as well as the anatomy of the landscape, combined with sensitive and nuanced expression.

Over 40 drawings and paintings laid the groundwork in preparation for this expansive work. Niagara, Psalms 84:11 endeavors to share the beauty of one of the great natural wonders and evoke awareness and concern for the fragility of our natural environment.