Lou Tavelli: Earlier Work

25 August 2021 - 31 May 2022
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In spite of the far reaching experiments in style, these paintings by Lou Tavelli are united by a deep connection to the nature and landscape of the Catskills.  Even in the broad brush abstract paintings, the viewer can sense the solidity of the surrounding mountains and the mists coming off of Cooper Lake. 

Lou Tavelli first became aquainted with Woodstock , NY as a young violinist in the Eastman School of Music classical quartet performing at the Maverick Concert Hall.  Although he supported himself throughout his life as a musician, Tavelli was first and foremost a painter and after a his service in WW2, he was able to acquire a studio on Maverick Road living there together with his wife and young daughter. His close friend, Manny Bromberg lived near-by and so did other artist colleagues such as Philip Guston, Nicolas Marsicano, Bradley Walker Tomlin, James Brooks and Raoul Hague.  During the year, Tavelli taught painting at Cooper Union as well as the University of North Carolina and the University of Michigan but summers were always at Woodstock.  Tavelli had prolific developments in his work during  the decade and a half that he resided in Woodstock as his paintings explored everyting from Asian calligraphy to Cubism and finally, Abstract Expressionism.  In spite of the far reaching experiments in style, all of Lou Tavelli's paintings were united by a deep connection to the nature and landscape of the Catskills.  Even in the broad brush abstract paintings, the viewer can sense the solidity of the surrounding mountains and the mists coming off of Cooper Lake. 

 Lou Tavelli has had one man exhibitions at Bennington College (VT), Williams College (MA), New York State University (NYC), State Museum of Art-Raleigh (NC), Museum of Art at the University of Michigan (MI). In Woodstock, NY, gallery exhibitions include shows at Parnassus Square, Judson Smiths, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, and Polaris Gallery.