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originally published: 10/20/2022

Novado Gallery presents

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) — Novado Gallery presents “An Artist’s View: Observations in Watercolor by Steve Singer” from October 22 to November 12, 2022. Singer is a Jersey City based painter and sculptor.

Singer studied at The New York Studio School (1972), The Art Students League in NY (1972), Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA from Dartmouth College, NH (1973), and attended the Sir John Cass School of Art in London, England (1979-84).

Singer has shown in numerous solo exhibitions including HOUSE in London England; Denise Bibro Gallery and Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in NY; and Drawing Rooms and Chamot Gallery in Jersey City. His sculpture commissions include “Longshoreman” in Jersey City, “Camouflaged Heron” in Atlantic City; and public sculpture installations at Dartmouth College and Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Singer’s work has been featured and reviewed in many important outlets including Art In America, The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Sculpture Review and Art News. Due to the outstanding quality of his work, he has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the coveted Pollock-Krasner Award.

Novado Gallery presents

Steve Singer is a painter’s painter and art or image appreciator’s painter in equal standing. His work is as much about the act of making an image, how the materials interact, and how he responds to his chosen location. There is also the tradition of the artist making a great landscape painting at work here. Singer’s paintings would hold their own in an exhibition alongside watercolors by John Singer Sargent, Milton Avery and Winslow Homer. He is that quality of a serious painter.

“With the level of Singer’s skill, observation and energy, the work does not require an arts knowledge to appreciate, but those with a deeper understanding of art will certainly appreciate how deftly he handles temperamental water media. He may do 10 variations of the same view such as nearby Paterson Falls, with each painting having its own identity by offering something else that the artist sees.

Novado Gallery presents

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In his artist statement, Singer writes: “I came to seek out demolition/construction sites, urban parks, desolate abandoned places as subject matter for my en plein-air watercolors after decades of foraging around in such locations for scrap steel to make sculptures.

At first, these places yielded half-submerged raw materials. Gradually, the echoes and evocations from these sites assumed this vast beauty and also a sense of loss, all of which I needed to capture in art.”

“Singer’s resulting images are fresh interpretations that capture some well-known and lesser known areas. His paintings of the Brooklyn Bridge and of Big Sur are as iconic as you can possibly get.

Novado Gallery presents

“The title of the show, ‘An Artist’s View: Observations in Watercolor,’ was chosen as it places the emphasis thematically on how Steve Singer paints, keeping the focus on the artist’s process and the resulting outstanding paintings. Viewers are reminded that these paintings are about the artist’s intent, as much as the paintings depict near and far locales.” -Anne Novado, Curator/Director

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00am-6:00pm, Friday from 10:00am-2:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm; by appointment or chance Sunday/Monday. All other hours by appointment.

Novado Gallery is located at 110 Morgan Street in Jersey City, New Jersey. The gallery is independently owned and run by artist Anne Novado and street photographer Steve Pearlman.

Novado Gallery presents