TWO LANDSCAPE PAINTERS: ONE LOCAL, THE OTHER NATIONAL. TWO DIFFERENT STYLES: ONE ETHEREAL THE OTHER IMPRESSIONISTIC. ONE EXHIBITION: AN ESCAPIST COLLECTION CALLED "SURRENDER TO NATURE".
Introducing Richard Rehl and John Torina. Two artists whose large scale artworks take the breath away. Despite their very different styles, the emotion you are left with is still similar: paintings that draw you in and embed you into the landscape, allowing you to tangibly feel the atmosphere and the sensation of the being in 'that' place.
Torina paints on site in marshes, fields and coastlines along the Gulf Coast. The locations are always happenstance. Oftentimes he will drive aimlessly down a dirt road and discover the subtle beauty in the wetlands of the Georgia seaside or the amber grains in fields along Arkansas highways. Torina captures the scene as it is before him, but also innately translates the inexpressible feeling that comes along with it.
The paint is applied in a heightened gesture that reveals impressionable landscapes and astonishing skies from sunrise to sunset. The contrasting colors of the green countryside and the open blue sky create a dramatic and impactful setting that resonates as much with the artist as it does with the viewer. It is an opportunity to escape into the unknown and understand the world’s natural splendor.
Rehl, born in Minneapolis in 1959, started painting at an early age on the floor of his childhood home and posting his works for sale on the refrigerator door.
While studying drawing and printmaking at the University of Minnesota, Richard began hand-painting gauche renderings for one-of-a-kind custom rug designs. What started as freelance work has turned into a 28-year successful career with his works residing in prominent homes, hotels, and commercial spaces around the world.
The nature of this intricate, structured work resulted in the need to create on a much larger scale, without limitations.