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PEACEABLE KINGDOM - A GROUP SHOW
Opens December 2, 2022 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. On view through January 15
Inspired by a series of paintings by the Quaker artist Edward Hicks (1780-1849) entitled Peaceable Kingdom depicting a menagerie of animals living peacefully together, TEW Galleries presents works that capture this unexpected harmony.
Aimée Hoover and Martin Kahnle are exhibiting for the first time with TEW Galleries alongside Cathy Hegman, Stephanus Heidacker, Stewart Helm, Charles Keiger, Yasharel Manzy, David Nielsen, Stephen O’Donnell, Hunt Slonem, and Olena Zvyagintseva.
Hicks used art to reconcile his spiritual outlook, religious beliefs and a preference for simplicity—what Quaker’s referred to as Inner Light—with his artistic ambitions. It is interesting to note that in the1820s, Quakers, w also known as Society of Friends, suffered a severe rift, similar to the schism that the United States is going through today.
Aimée Hoover was born in Philadelphia and today lives and works in Los Angeles. She got a BA with an emphasis in drawing and painting from California State University. She writes about her art:
In the presence of animals, my mind goes unusually quiet, and the space that would normally be occupied by excessive thoughts is suddenly replaced by a deep feeling of connection
I endeavor to create paintings that elicit even a small fraction of the same state that animals provoke in person—to offer viewers a brief respite from our very human, habitual overthinking, using my subjects to channel feelings of vigor, tranquility, or revelry.
In a broader sense, my hope is that my body of work might also serve as a reminder of the extraordinary beauty and diversity of the animal kingdom with whom we share this planet, from the most humble and common creature to the most wild and endangered.
Martin Kahnle is a Georgia native who lived in New York and Nashville before returning to Atlanta. His paintings were inspired by the beauty of living in the Blue Ridge of lower-Appalachia. Using a hyper-vibrant color palette and painterly brushwork, he leads the viewer through a re-imagined world in which rivers flow, trees sway and plants come alive, reminding us that we are alone in our inner and external worlds but part of a universal whole.