The Magic Hour at Paul Rodgers/9W Gallery

Barbara Rose has curated a show called “The Magic Hour” at the Paul Rodgers/9W Gallery in New York:

Rose has chosen four artists; painters, Paul Manes and Randall Stoltzfus and photographers, Carolyn Marks Blackwood and Ernest Kafka with widely divergent styles but a similar interest in the elegiac mood of The Magic Hour. These artists reference the moody paintings of artists such as Ryder, Blakelock, the Luminists and the Hudson River School as well as Kasper David Friedrich and JMW Turner. Their light saturated abstracted landscapes and marinescapes are executed in a contemporary idiom that is a fresh departure from the brutal urban, sensationalistic styles now current. They provide an atmosphere of quiet contemplation and reverie. The sensitive poetry of these works serves as a welcome antidote to the frantic paced, characteristic of the aggressive battles of New York City life.

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Sosaboel International, Pyongtaek, South Korea

Randall Stoltzfus has been invited to represent the United States at the 2007 Sosabeol International Art Expo in Pyongtaek, South Korea. The Expo will run from October 11, 2007 – October 19, 2007, and will feature the work of 100 artists from around the world in addition to 60 artists from Korea. Participating countries include: China, France, Holland, India, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, the United States of America, Thailand, and Vietnam

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Essay by Barbara Rose

If one looks at the images long enough … ghostly apparitions emerge

Randall Stoltzfus is a young painter who has already accomplished a great deal by learning the lessons of the history of art and bringing them up to date in subtle and luminous paintings of visionary landscapes. He is not afraid of the hard work required to create his sophisticated, painstakingly detailed, labor-intensive paintings. His work recalls the romantic mood of the American masters William Inness and Albert Pinkham Ryder, an artist who also inspired Jackson Pollock’s early works…

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