Press Release: Paint by Numbers at Richard Levy Gallery


Paint by Numbers
July 6 – August 17, 2012
Group Painting Exhibition
Richard Levy Gallery
Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque, NM — Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Paint by Numbers, a group painting show that takes a look at the work of five artists from across the US. These artists meld traditional methods of painting with unusual subject matter and imagery creating art that both compels and questions reality. Paint by Numbers includes the work of Xuan Chen, Corydon Cowansage, Alex Gross, Norbert Marszalek, and Matthew McConville.

Xuan Chen of Albuquerque transcends physical aspects of painting contrasting its spatial qualities through
the use of computer generated three dimensional images. Visually the image is deconstructed layer by layer and are fused back together with the blink of the eye creating an illusion of a three dimensional image. Chen exaggerates errors illustrating where each layer depicts what either the left eye or the right eye is supposed to see deceiving the mind to believe that the painting is an optical illusion.

New York based Corydon Cowansage’s large scale oil paintings are immaculately rendered details of suburban architecture. The repeating pattern of slats in a shutter, the hard angles of a roof top are carefully studied in Cowansage’s paintings. As familiar as the subject matter, these strange angles and geometric abstractions capture a completely unusual perspective.

Los Angeles based artist, Alex Gross merges historic photos with heroes, villains, and monsters creating surreal alterations of antique Cabinet Cards, a selection of Gross’s small paintings will also be on display.

Chicago artist Norbert Marszalek’s seemingly simple works are not all that they appear to be. The graphic composition, powerful brushstroke, and unusual views in these paintings exude charm and energy. Marszalek has taken everyday objects and undertakings painting them from memory, invention and direct observation with whimsy and intuition.

Matthew McConville of Baltimore transports viewers to imaginary landscapes testing the realm of possibility. Painted with the detail and light of landscapes that harken back to the style of 19th century Hudson River School, McConville’s landscapes are far removed from their natural environment and its historical reference re-imagined and reintegrated into a modern perspective.

For further information about this exhibition or images, please contact the gallery at (505) 766.9888.
Information and photos may be available on our website at
Dates: July 6 – August 17, 2012
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: 514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Contact: 505.766.9888,

Top: Norbert Marszalek, Waiting, oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″, 2011