Painting Niagara, Thomas Kegler

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

Overview

From May 7, 2017 through January 21, 2018, the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University will host Painting Niagara, Thomas Kegler. Harkening back to the Hudson River School of painting, artist and educator Thomas Kegler will lend his Niagara, Psalms 84:11, an eight foot panoramic painting of the Horseshoe Falls of Niagara. The quiet and contemplative works in this exhibition include 15 plein air paintings and related studies as well as works from the Castellani Art Museum collection.

 Excerpts from the most comprehensive instructional documentary video ever made on the landscape painting techniques of “indirect painting” used by the old masters will also be included in the exhibition. This ground-breaking film presents the creation of Niagara, Psalms 84:11 over a period of two years. 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 world’s great natural wonders while evoking awareness and concern for the fragility of our natural environment. A presentation by Kegler, Buffalo/Niagara Riverkeeper and the WNY Land Conservancy is being planned for fall 2017.


Exhibition Checklist
All works are by Thomas Kegler, unless otherwise noted.
Clockwise from main entrance of gallery.

1. Horseshoe Falls, 2015
colored pencil and white charcoal on paper
Courtesy of the Artist

2. Niagara, Psalms 36:7, 2015
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

3. Niagara Haze, Proverbs 3:5, 2015
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

4. The Falls, Proverbs 15:33, 2015
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

5. Samuel Colman (American, 1832–1920)
Niagara Falls, ca. 1863
oil on paper
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University Collection,
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Armand J. Castellani, 1987

6. Niagara, Proverbs 3:3, 2014
oil on canvas
Collection of Randy Sharp and Jeffrey Blanchette

7. Niagara, Psalms, 84:11, 2015
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

8. Moon Over Niagara, Proverbs 4:18, 2015
oil on canvas
Collection of Richard and Janet Wetter

9. Niagara Moonshadows, Psalms 36:9, 2016
oil on canvas
Collection of the Salmagundi Club, New York

10. Niagara Nocturne, John 8:12, 2015
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

11. Niagara Thunder, Isaiah 41:17, 2014
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

12. American Falls, 2015
pencil and white charcoal on paper
Courtesy of the Artist

13. Niagara Thunder, Proverbs 14:26, 2017
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

14. Niagara Mist, Psalms 78:16, 2014
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

15. Baron Regis de Trobriand
The Suspension Bridge, The Lighthouse, View of the Grand Rapids and the Horseshoe, 1860
engraving
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University Collection,
Generous Donation from Dr. Charles Rand Penney, partially funded by
the Castellani Purchase Fund, with additional funding from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Lytle, 2006

16. Illustrator Unknown
from the Illustrated London News, Portion of the Horseshoe Fall, Niagara, The American Falls, Niagara, 1860
engraving
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University Collection,
Generous Donation from Dr. Charles Rand Penney, partially funded by
the Castellani Purchase Fund, with additional funding from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Lytle, 2006

17. after John Vanderlyn
Falls of Niagara, part of the title cartouche
of Henry S. Tanner's
A Map of North America, 1822
engraving with hand color
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University Collection,
Generous Donation from Dr. Charles Rand Penney, partially funded by
the Castellani Purchase Fund, with additional funding from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Lytle, 2006

18. George Dember
Map of Niagara River or the Straits between
the Lakes Erie and Ontario, 1849
lithograph
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University Collection,
Generous Donation from Dr. Charles Rand Penney, partially funded by
the Castellani Purchase Fund, with additional funding from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Lytle, 2006

19. View of Niagara, 1 Corinthians 13:13, 2016
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

20. Monarch, 1 John 4:7, 2016
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

21. Chapel at Niagara, 1 Timothy 1:5, 2016
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

22. after Holmes
The Falls of Niagara, 1857
engraving
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University Collection,
Generous Donation from Dr. Charles Rand Penney, partially funded by
the Castellani Purchase Fund, with additional funding from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Lytle, 2006

23. Study for Bridal Veil Falls, 2015
pencil and white charcoal on paper
Courtesy of the Artist

24. Bridal Veil Dawn, Romans 12:15, 2017
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist