The Art of the Nocturne : Opening October 7, 2022

The term Nocturne, coined by artist James McNeil Whistler, is used to describe “a painting style that depicts scenes evocative of the night or subjects as they appear in a veil of light, in twilight, or in the absence of direct light.  The term is often associated with the Tonalism movement. Tonalist paintings tend to exhibit a strong sense of mood—they are often characterized by soft, diffused light, muted tones and hazy outlined objects.” Tonalist paintings can be seen by our artists William R. Davis, Jr. and Mary Erickson.

West Fraser often paints his nocturnes depicting the city at night, creating visual interest in the glow of the lights emanating from businesses along the street. Often artists will find a single light source to create the atmosphere of light—this is seen in Mickey Williams landscapes featuring either the moon or the glow from a bonfire on the beach or William R. Davis, Jr’s shining moon creating the moodiness associated with the nocturne.

Not all artists enjoy, or even can, paint the nocturnal views–being a painter of light, the absence of light becomes quite the conundrum. We are thrilled to be able to bring together paintings from artists that approach the nocturne from different perspectives.

Participating artists: John Budicin,  Julyan Davis, Donald Demers, Mary Erickson, West Fraser, Scott W. Prior, and Ed Rice.

Guest artists: David Bareford and Mickey Williams.