A deeper look into John Ferren's Abstract Expressionist paintings - on view at Findlay Galleries, Palm Beach

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  • January 26, 2022

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John Ferren | Untitled | oil on canvas | 50 x 55 1/2 in. | FG© 140577
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John Ferren | Marsmist | 1961 | oil on canvas | 71 x 65 in. | FG© 140578
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John Ferren | Untitled (JF10) | 1962 | oil on canvas | 48 x 40 in. | FG© 140586
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Findlay Galleries is proud to announce the opening of From Paris to Springs II at Findlay Galleries, 165 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480. The show will open to the public on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022. The first installment of the acclaimed exhibition was shown at Findlay Galleries, New York, in October 2021. After great success and reception by both collectors and critics alike, the second exhibition delves deeper into John Ferren’s Abstract expressionist works from the late 1950’s and early to mid-1960’s. This new collection of works from the John Ferren estate represent a choice sample of his fully mature and refined vision where color, form and texture dance in an interplay that brings joy and conveys exuberance.  

John Ferren was a founding member and president of The Club and is rightly considered a founder of the New York School and the Abstract Expressionist movement. However, his contributions eclipse this narrow but exalted definition. He was one of the only painters of the New York School to have been part of the Parisian Avant-garde and Gertrude Stein's inner circle.

"Ferren hit his stride in the late 1950s and early '60s, with a series of purely abstract compositions with centralized tangles of brightly colored lines set against monochrome backgrounds of contrasting, searing hues. Some of the most striking works on view, such as the luminous Tierra Caliente (1961), and My Irish Rose (1962), appear akin to certain works of the Ab Ex period by Philip Guston, Mark Rothko, and others. Ferren's formidable contribution to mid-20th-century painting, though—as evidenced by the works in this exhibition—is a rather idiosyncratic fusion of New York School tenets and the lessons of the Parisian avant-garde that captivated him in his youth." – David Ebony, Brooklyn Rail, 2021


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Findlay Galleries

Findlay Galleries
165 Worth Avenue
Palm Beach, Florida
About Findlay Galleries

Celebrating 150 years in business, Findlay Galleries is an iconic family art business founded in 1870. Specializing in Impressionism, European Modernism, l'Ecole de Rouen, L'Ecole de Paris, and 20th Century American Art, the gallery represents over 100 artists and artist estates. Named Wally Findlay Galleries since 1965, the business was acquired in 1998 by James R. Borynack. A longtime Findlay executive, Borynack was committed to the relentless pursuit of veritable European period works and contemporary artists. In 2016 Borynack also acquired the David Findlay Jr. Gallery and merged the two. Since then, the gallery has operated under its original name from 1870, Findlay Galleries, and has continued to offer a strong collection of both period works and contemporary art, both European and American.

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