For more than forty years, Trenton-based artist, Mel Leipzig who just turned eighty-three, has been painting portraits of people around New Jersey, New York, and Cape Cod where he spends his summers. Most are rendered with just four primary colors and black. For this exhibition, we are showing a handful of Leipzig’s paintings of artists in their studios and along with them, paintings by the artists themselves. Leipzig paints entirely free-hand, and for the past decade without any underdrawing or studies, many of the pictures distort perspective in a way that renders character. His backgrounds swirl around the artists in their studios, providing at once a glimpse of their inner sanctum with a dizzying diary of underlying personal clues.
Artists in the exhibition include Carmen Cicero, Lois Dodd, Laura Tryon Jennings, Linda Pochesci, George Nick, and Tom Smith.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.