Gallery Anthony Curtis
Landscape: a place on earth, a place in mind

Paintings by
Lorna J. Ritz

Paintings by
Aboriginal Artists

Gallery With Lorna J. Ritz Paintings Gallery With Lorna J. Ritz Paintings
Gallery With Aboriginal Art Gallery With Aboriginal Art


Boston--May 25th--2007 Gallery Anthony Curtis is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition “Landscape: a place on earth, a place in mind”.

In the art world, we often stress the differences in order to obtain individuality. Sometimes it is equally intriguing to discover the connections, especially between distinct art practices that are seldom compared side by side. In the upcoming exhibition “Landscape: a place on earth, a place in mind”, a solo show of recent paintings by American Lorna J. Ritz is installed with the paintings of a group of internationally celebrated Aboriginal artists from Australia. Juxtaposition of the two art practices from the opposite ends of the earth explores their unexpected but striking similarities; where the artists use abstract forms to express their spiritual affiliation with land and nature.

As an exemplary American artist who is inspired by abstraction, Lorna J. Ritz orchestrates colors on canvas in memory of places that touch her heart. These may it be a hill in New England or Colombian mountains that reach into the sky. Each of her paintings represents a crystallized experience she had with nature and the expressive outpouring is purely personal. Her paintings are earthy, rock-like and weighty, and yet they have in them the rhythm of the ocean. She is not an ordinary nature painter because in her paintings she couples the “external” landscape with her “internal” one. Through painting, her "inner" finds the equivalent "out there."

On the opposite end of the earth, Aboriginal artists carry on one of the longest art traditions in the world. Artists from Australian Central Desert create abstract landscape paintings using highly symbolic composition of lines, dots and strokes. The places they depict were created in the Dreamtime and held significant status in their spiritual reign. Although their work appears enigmatic and often impossible to decipher, the painting itself is always about a real place in the artist’s homeland. The process of painting itself remains as a pure expression of the artist’s spiritual landscape.

Although a world apart, the artists share an almost intuitive drive to establish personal and spiritual identity through the depiction of the landscape. Perhaps this is not an accident but an indication of a common ground where all humanities are secretly rooted together.

The exhibition will be on view from June 13 to July 7 in Gallery Anthony Curtis. An artist’s reception will be held on June 15, 5-8pm and Lorna J Ritz will give a gallery talk at 6-6:30pm.