Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Manchess Solo Show at Arte Verissima Gallery

"Uplift 1"...a mysterious day at Union Square, NYC

Greg Manchess

This Saturday, January 24th, I have a new solo show opening at the Arte Verissima Studio and Gallery in Oakland, CA.

Entitled, “Weightless” it is the beginning of a series of exhibitions I’ve planned to visually explore the theme of elements. Wind, rain, snow, fog, cold, heat...general conditions that we experience everyday. Landscapes, cityscapes. I love painting the figure and will find ways to incorporate them to tell subtle stories.

The paintings for this show stem from a desire to paint the images that kept coming up for me, time and again, while painting other things such as commissions from clients, and sometimes from travels and dreams. A dream is both informative and dangerous. Probably our most vulnerable stage of any day. I hesitated before each one of these pieces, but eventually withstood the risk of confusing the subject with undue meaning. Such as we might do to glean answers from our dreams.

I concluded that explaining these pieces would leave the viewer out of the venture, as we bring our own particular experiences to any painting. This first show is meant for the audience to collaborate in the undertaking, from their own memories.

I hope to continue this theme in subsequent shows, emanating from this beginning effort. Let me know if they touch a nerve or succeed in stimulating a response that’s familiar.

And if any of you are in the Bay Area this Saturday, please stop by! It starts at 6pm.

"Uplift 2"...the story continues above the 86th street subway


  1. I love how you're caught up in the elements and scene of the painting with a serene feeling and then - Bam! - disturbed by what's very subtle. I love these!

  2. It's been forever since I've been at either 86th St. stop. Is that the East Side or West Side?

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    1. That's what I initially thought - haven't been there in 6 years. So much has probably changed. Excellent work - love the puddles.

  4. Love the sublteness of this piece. Plein air happy rainy cityscape feel- wait... those umbrellas are.... wha? awesome.... Makes me keep going back to look at them.

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  6. I'll be thinking of you Gregg. Success and fin in the Bay Area!

  7. I hope you have a great show Greg.... ...boy how cool would it be to just hang out in the clouds! Or floating away with an umbrella! Thanks for taking me there!


  8. Great, especially the weightless link. Love your figures. Since we are still waiting on your book is there a catalog for this exhibition?

  9. Great show Greg, my wife and I were impressed!

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