The East End debut of a wide range of work by the rising young talent Sally King Benedict in now on view at the Quogue Gallery.
The exhibition represents a generous sampling of Benedict’s versatility, featuring eight mixed-medium paintings, four ink drawings on paper, and a group of hand painted ceramic plates and platters.
The keynote for the exhibition is set by a light-filled painting evocative of summer: By the Bays Beach, a work that brims with pictorial incident and the pleasures of coastal life, from rippling waves to sun-filled windows. The forms and colors of this painting, like the artist’s ink drawings, call to mind works by Matisse when he was painting along the Cote d’Azur during the summer season. In a similar way, Benedict’s brushwork on the ceramics recalls the happy period when Picasso was working with master potters in the same part of France.
Benedict’s work often engages in dialogue with acknowledged masters of modern art history. For example, the sweeping gestures and calligraphic drips of Going Light and Bright draw on the repertoire of Abstract Expressionism while adding some of the vibrant palette of such brilliant colorists as Helen Frankenthaler and Hans Hoffmann.
Sally King Benedict lives and works in Atlanta. High praise from critics and collectors has led to her work being featured in major publications, including Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Domino, and Southern Living, among others.
The artist’s studio practice is based on her feel for visual texture, a rich and adventurous palette, and a level of draftsmanship that takes full advantage of an expressive linear technique. She grew up in Atlanta, frequently traveling and attending art openings, exhibits, and design shows, seeking inspiration from the work of both past and contemporary artists. She earned her BA in studio art at the College of Charleston in 2007.