Metamorphosis, Journey to the Universe

we are one with the universe

we are one with the universe

In discussing his work, David believes that colors should resonate in the mind. The concepts of time, space and the origin of the elements should provide an intellectual framework for the viewer upon which profound and difficult ideas can be explored. These ideas touch on philosophy, spirituality, and the nature of time, space and consciousness. He feels that a painting is like a song and he wants his colors to sing together because colors do not work in isolation but in harmony.

the cosmos within

the cosmos within

Of his Metamorphosis series, which is on view in the exhibit, he says, “The series reflects on the sacred divine connection between God and mankind. It is an acknowledging through my art that I am living out my spiritual purpose and progression towards my destiny God ordained for me when he created me. Every painting I create, from beginning to end, is a plan of God and for His glorification. When I paint the universe inside the man or woman, I am showing that mankind is the microcosm of the Macrocosm. My paintings are designed to illustrate that God created us and the Cosmos to express his purpose in material reality. I hope to continually evolve through my calling as an artist to illustrate man’s higher consciousness and his connection to the Unverse.”

doradus nebula

doradus nebula

Visions of the Cosmic Take Form

In this exhibit we see David’s visions of the Cosmic take form. His colors merge and undulate like huge galaxies. This renowned African American artist believes that “The sign of a genuine work of art is that it can stir our unconscious feelings and past emotional experiences, while inspiring self-awareness and cultural integrity.” David is recognized as a major contributor to the art of the 21st century because of his brilliant manner in which he visualizes his objects and scenes.



He regards works done by legendary collagist, Romare Bearden, and European masters Pablo Picasso, Braque, and Henry Matisse in helping to inspire the unique style used in his paintings. Richard Watson–curator of African American Museum of Art states: “David Lawrence approaches the realm of cosmic influences as a point of departure for his creative platform. References to the ancient civilization of Kemet, the mysteries of the pyramids and the forces of nature are the threads by which he constructs his visions of creation and humanity”.

The Cosmos Is Within

The Cosmos Is Within

Stop by the gallery on Jan 12 5-8pm to meet the artist and experience his works.

A Memory Frozen In Time

It’s 14 years later and Ground Zero has morphed into a transportation hub and shopping center. I couldn’t help feeling sad as I walked through the underground “malls” that now cover a large part of this sacred ground. Curiosity, not holiday shopping, motivated me to take a trip down to what is now known as the Oculus.

Yes, there were malls underneath the site of the Twin Towers. But people remember the towers and the plaza, not the stores. It is little known that over the last 14 years since 9/11 numerous artists across diverse media have used the Twin Towers, 9/11, and Ground Zero as subject matter for their creative expression. Charles Smith, in our current exhibit, has 3 stunning paintings entitled, “The 9/11 World Trade Center Series”, which he created in 2006, to commemorate the tragic events of that day.


These paintings use abstract shapes to depict the moments of impact as each airplane, like a white-hot triangular knife, slices into each tower causing huge explosions. Surrounding the towers and within Ground Zero, billowing, suffocating clouds of black smoke and ashes rise to the sky darkening it. The colors Charles uses are black, gray, red, and yellow to reflect the horrifying and unimaginable devastation above the ground and below.


Charles says, “The design of this piece, and those in the series, use geometric shapes to represent the streamlined skyscrapers and architectural structures in NYC made of steel, glass, and other materials. Metallic colors highlight the glimmer and glory of those buildings reflecting the sun’s bright rays on that beautifully clear autumn day in September. The Twin Towers are tall rectangular bars of gold, anchored in the deep underground subways and passageways used by thousands of commuters daily. The Hudson River flows nearby as another source of comers and transportation. The paintings are framed in the patriotic colors of the American flag.”


Like Charles, I too have used these tragic events as subject matter for 2 series “After the Dust Has Settled” a collection of poems superimposed upon 9/11 imagery, and “A Journey Through Remembrance” where I collaged NJ 9/11 memorials with images of the Twin Towers. You can view these series on my website at and

There is also a place in cyberspace where one can view hundreds of other works by artists using 9/11, Ground Zero and the continuing development of the site as their themes. The 9/11 Memorial Web site  is as diverse as art can be and well worth a visit to view these individual interpretations of this painful subject.


If you missed the reception…


If you missed the reception on July 12, here are some photos of the delightful food table by Allisann Chavez of Elegant Creations,

reception-food1 reception-food2

the sign-in table and information about the artist


It had a great turnout and Doris’ artwork was superb

"Equanimity", glass beads, acrylic, steel

“Equanimity”, glass beads, acrylic, steel

"Unity Strength in Numbers", 2013, glass beads, acrylic fiber

“Unity Strength in Numbers”, 2013, glass beads, acrylic fiber



Another time around

This exhibit gathers together in the gallery a diverse group of artists. Great works by painters, photographers and digital artwork grace the walls. To view their previous exhibits go to our previous exhibits page and click on the link for each artist.

On Tues Oct 13 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm you will have an opportunity to meet the artists and engage them in conversation about their past show and their current works.

Meet the Artists – Paul XO Pinkerman

Throughout the past 15 years of my artwork, I have often found myself creating work based on a sense of either nostalgia for the past or imaginings of how the past affects each of us.

In more recent years my works have focused on the point where identity and impermanence come together. Looking back over these memory based art works, I see that they, too, are about identity. How our past, how our memories of things mitigate and modify our experiences and choices, this over time, is what becomes our identity. Who we are is an almost an alchemical brew of things partly based on the actual and partly based on the vagueness of the remembered. I hope these works will give you pause to consider this in your own lives.

PXOPinkman  Auschwitz of  memory

PXOPinkman Auschwitz of memory

Meet the artists – Francesca Azzara

Francesca Azzara - The Unseen

Francesca Azzara – The Unseen

A well crafted artist statement is an important part of an exhibition. Whether brief or detailed, it helps the viewer learn about the artist’s background and his/her work on display. The 6 artists in our current exhibit have written about how their work relates to the exhibit’s theme of Shadows and Memories. Here is what Francesca Azzara has to say in her statement:

“Memories: remembering the moments or feelings about what has passed. Shadows, besides the physical shadows we can see, metaphorically a shadow can be a “veil” over our feelings, a dark corner in our psyche or the remnant of a moment in time.

For this exhibition, I specifically chose several works from my Sandy series. These were inspired by the devastation and feelings of hopelessness created from the aftermath of super storm Sandy. I spent many days at the Jersey shore soon after the storm, driving through my beloved beach communities. It was hard to comprehend, those decades of industrious work by man; it could all be washed away in a few short hours. What remained were gutted buildings and communities left with the memories and shadows of earlier times.

This work is a combination of encaustic with: paint, collage and mixed media.”