Current Exhibition: The Figure

Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by John & Lena Murray, Pat Cook, and Thomas Marsh

August and September 2014

The Human Figure has always been a significant subject for artists, both as a means to study form and depth as well as to make a provocative or expressive statement. During August & September, Nichols is featuring the work of four artists for whom the figure is the primary focus of their work: John and Lena Murray, Pat Cook, and sculptor, Thomas Marsh.

John Murray and his wife, Lena are two classically trained painters and educators. Lena Murray is a founder and director of the Bridgeview School of Fine Arts in New York City, where Russian and Eastern European artists teach drawing, painting, and sculpture in the classical tradition. Until recently, John Murray was on the faculty at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. Together, they have organized summer master classes for American students in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In his sculpture, Thomas Marsh uses " solid principles of realism to present religious or humanistic Allegorical themes." I addition to completing the MFA program at California State University, Long Beach, Marsh studied anatomy as a special graduate student at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Pat Cook "brings to her work that moment when there is a connection between individuals, leaving to the viewer whether it is intimacy, friendship, or chance encounter." She a juried member of both the National and American Watercolor Societies, and her work was recently included in an exhibition that toured art centers in China.