Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present a solo exhibition, The Process of Discovery, featuring works by the late artist Bryan Nash Gill (1961 – 2013). The show presents woodcuts, pastels, monoprints and sculpture highlighting the breadth of the contemporary artist’s talent. In honor of the late artist, Heather Gaudio Fine Art invites the community to attend a reception in honor of Gill on Saturday, March 1, from 1-4pm.
Gill was a prolific artist and created a large body of work throughout his life though he is best known for his sculptures and large-scale relief prints of wood cross sections. “Trees are beautiful to look at…I have been drawing them for years and recently have started looking inside which has brought me closer to these gentle giants we live among,” said Gill. This exhibition, the artist’s first solo show at the gallery, opened on January 30 and will close on Saturday, March 22.
The artist collected wood on his 10-acre property, Beckwith Brook Farm, in New Hartford, Connecticut gathering material from fallen or dead indigenous trees including ash, oak, locust, spruce, willow, pine and maple, among others. In his 2,800 square foot, two-story studio that he built by hand, Gill cut cross-sections of trunks or branches, planed and sanded the surfaces, burned and brushed them, sealed the wood and carefully applied ink. He then transferred the image to handmade Japanese rice paper (washi) by rubbing with his hand or using the bowl of a spoon capturing the growth rings and imperfections in vivid detail. “In graduate school, I concluded that art is (or should be) an experience that brings you closer to understanding yourself in relation to your surroundings…” offered Gill. “It is a discovery process.”
The exhibition, The Process of Discovery, pays homage to this concept by presenting Gill’s artistic journey through multiple media – pastels, monoprints, woodcuts and sculpture. The show offers a personal window into his creative process by incorporating the artist’s journal, a woodblock from the artist’s studio, stencils used in the creation of the monoprints and his signature publication, Woodcut, in the display.
In 2012, Princeton Architectural Press released 31 original prints by the artist in a book titled, Woodcut. The publication received widespread acclaim and was named to the New York Times Style Magazine’s list of “The Best in Books.” Stephen Hayman of the NYT writes, “It’s a strangely moving experience to flip through Woodcut…one is struck by Gill’s method – cutting blocks with a chain saw, sanding them down, burning them and sealing them with shellac – amplifies the events in the life of a tree…” During the same year, Martha Stewart Living profiled the artist in The Makers Series and produced a documentary capturing Gill in his studio.
Bryan Nash Gill was born and raised in a rural, north-western corner of Connecticut and his body of work including sculptures, a vast collection of pastels, monoprints and woodcuts are heavily influenced by the New England countryside. Gill worked out of his own studio in New Hartford, Connecticut, mainly with bronze, wood and hundreds of found objects for use in abstract sculpture. His work is held in many private and public collections including IBM Corporation, New York; Kaiser Permanente Medical Facility, Fairfield, California and the Boston Public Library. www.bryannashgill.com