For Immediate Release: March 5, 2018
The Byrne Gallery is proud to present Off to the Races!, a celebration of Gerald Hennesy’s latest oil on canvas paintings and oil sketches of point to point and steeple chase racing. Get ready for the fresh palette of Spring with vivid color driven subjects and close ups of horses and riders on course with the wind in their hair! Mr. Hennesy has focused on the forward motion and intensity of the race and his paintings will make you feel like going out for a wonderful afternoon of sunshine and tailgating. There will a special reception for the artist on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8PM and all are invited to attend. The exhibit will begin on April 4th and continue through Sunday, April 29th, 2018.
Gerald Hennesy Mr. Hennesy is an inspiration at 96 years young. He paints every day and is constantly experimenting with different formats and techniques as well as giving a contemporary flair to his subject matter and new vibrance to his color palette. He developed this latest body of work after observing a current trend toward a more simple and essential composition. Working with a singular horse and rider or concentrating on a pair racing to the finish line, he primarily paints in oil in an impressionistic style, working both in plein-air and in his studio.
Born in 1921 he carries on a long lineage of artists. After studying art in high school, he won a scholarship to attend the Corcoran Gallery School of Art. When America entered WWII he left his job as a Washington, D.C. newspaper artist to serve as a U.S. Navy carrier fighter pilot. After the war, he studied landscape painting with C. Gordon Harris, and painted part time while working for the government. In 1972 he built a home and studio in Clifton, VA and has devoted himself to painting and exhibiting his work full time ever since. .
His work has been exhibited widely in commercial and museum galleries including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art, The Corcoran Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Museum. His paintings are in numerous private, corporate and public collections, including the U. S. House of Representatives, the State Department, the Maryland State Mansion, the DAR Headquarters, and the American Legion Headquarters. He is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Art.
Please visit the Byrne Gallery to see and enjoy Off to the Races! on exhibit during the month of April. The Byrne Gallery is located at 7 West Washington Street in Middleburg, Virginia. Gallery hours are Monday and Tuesday by appointment only, Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at (540) 687-6986.