Lenny Moskowitz

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“I have always tried to hide my own efforts and wanted my work to have the lightness and joyousness of a springtime, which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost.” - Henri Matisse

Artist Statement

Without some mystery, some sense of the unknown, I might not manage everything that comes along with painting: the isolation, the expense, and the feelings of rejection, elation, triumph, satisfaction. 

The unexpected and unknown aspects of my practice remind me of the stories of Greek mythology, where the challenges of the Gods force the characters into creativity. With my work, I gravitate towards challenging myself and finding new modes of creativity. 

I’m not interested in trying to control the process of a painting; I keep working the canvas until I see something I’m satisfied with, though not necessarily what I imagined. What emerges is a different vision of the world around me, a slightly altered reality with order and smoothed over edges. Painting en plein aire brings me such euphoria that my feelings are invariably captured in the painting, elevating reality. The weather, the light, the breeze, and the moods of the place all affect me deeply, and incorporate themselves into the image. 

Much of my evolution as an artist occurs between each painting, while I am just living, unaware of my creative process. New visual ideas, new ways of approaching my work build up in my subconscious, manifesting the next time I pick up a brush.

About the Artist

Lenny Moskowitz is a Connecticut landscape painter who lives in New Haven with his wife. He graduated with his B.F.A from the Philadelphia College of Art and received his M.F.A. from Michigan's Cranbrook Academy. Lenny has participated in both group and solo shows at numerous galleries throughout the U.S. and has taught classes and workshops in Connecticut, Block Island, and Nantucket. Presently he teaches at Quinnipiac University and the Guilford Art Center.  He has been awarded several artist residencies, including at the Anderson Center in Michigan and at the NISDA Foundation on Nantucket, MA. In the summer of 2011 he was awarded a residency at Weir Farm in Wilton, CT.  He makes yearly painting trips to Maine, Nantucket, and frequent sojourns to the surrounding the Connecticut woods to paint the landscapes.

All paintings are acrylic on canvas, unframed.

Prices range from $475- $2600.