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Intimate Portraits: Focus on Flowers by Robert Jaffe

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Nationally acclaimed photographer, Robert Jaffe, will be exhibiting his “Flowers” series at Bohemia Gallery throughout the month of April. On First Friday, April 6th, the gallery will be hosting a reception for the artist from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Jaffe’s large-scale prints will be presented on canvas, printed, signed and numbered by the artist.

As a consummate photographer, Jaffe has a way of transforming what he sees into the extraordinary, informing the viewer not only with understanding, but also with a sense of amazement. “Flowers” is a stunning example of Jaffe’s vision and prowess both technically and expressively. The work explores the power of the blow-up and cropping, which has a tradition in contemporary art and photography, including such antecedents as the black and white photographs of Edward Weston, and the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe and  photorealist, Ben Schonzeit. However, Jaffe explores his own sensibility not only in color and form; but also by creating the series in monumental giclee prints on stretched canvas. 

In the context of much contemporary art, Jaffe addresses the two-dimensionality of the picture plane. He investigates the construction of the flower by drawing the viewer into the depths of the imagery, while simultaneously pushing its forms back onto the surface of the canvas.

Jaffe explores the flower with the curiosity of a botanist and the passion of a visionary. The nuances of hue, shadow and delicate structure are combined with grandiosity, intertwining the viewer and subject in a fresh exchange of magnified discovery. A flower will never look quite the same after experiencing the craft and rhapsody of Jaffe’s work ­– and just in time for spring.

-by Rebecca Gabriel

For more images and information about the artist, visit here.


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