Arts Council presents Moonie’s artwork

Still Life, oil on canvas will be part of the new exhibition.

Still Life, oil on canvas will be part of the new exhibition.

See how art illustrates an artist’s changing life experiences now through Oct. 12 while the Greenwich Arts Council presents Liana Moonie — A Retrospective: Paintings, Collages and Works on Paper in the Bendheim Gallery.

This retrospective is a comprehensive exhibition of artist Liana Moonie’s work, both incredibly diversified and incredibly prolific in her range of media.

The work exemplifies an enduring passion for the natural world as that world becomes filtered through the lens of her shifting life experiences.

Whatever the format, her art remains focused on a unique emotional response to a scene, landscape or objects, the council said. Through her abstract vocabulary of color, shape and space, Ms. Moonie strives to reveal the essence of things and their inner beauty.

Ms. Moonie first took up painting as a hobby in the late 1950’s trying to find an outlet for her emotions which were much afflicted at the time by a family member who was seriously ill. A friend lent her some paint and brushes, and soon she was launched on a grand new experience which would become her whole life. But Ms. Moonie moved on rapidly from art as simply therapy to art as the primary way in which she would interpret and engage the world.

Ms. Moonie then sought professional instruction from some of the most important artists of the period. But while these artists provided her with valuable knowledge, most were exclusively concerned with figurative/representational expression which did not completely fill Ms. Moonie’s desire for expression.

Early on, the artist began experimenting with abstract modes of painting where she experienced a tremendous sense of freedom, painting expressionistically while still anchoring her work in her natural surroundings.

The 70 artworks in the exhibition amply display the full range of Ms. Moonie’s accomplishment.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The handicapped accessible GAC is located at 299 Greenwich Avenue, second floor.

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