The next exhibition at 375 Hudson, Flooded Paintings, features a series of new works by painter Barnaby Furnas. The opening reception is Wednesday, February 20 from 5 - 7 PM, and the exhibition runs through Monday, August 2nd.
Furnas’ monumental abstract paintings may resemble giant brush strokes or wall-sized spills, but their origins actually lie in figurative depictions of biblical scenes. Born in Philadelphia and raised a Quaker, Furnas made his first Flood painting in 2005 as part of a commission for the Lever House on Park Avenue. For his installation at 375 Hudson, Furnas has created works that respond to the architectural space with dynamic angles and “frothy” areas of paint squirts and splatters to rival the veined marble walls and dramatic patterned floor. These works represent a break from his previous Flood paintings in that most do not retain a hint of sky and sun. Furnas has fully embraced them as abstractions, taking pleasure in the medium of paint itself. More notably, and to his own surprise, he has also embraced colors in addition to his familiar reds, adding viridian, yellow, magenta, and silver to his palette.
Furnas received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and his MFA from Columbia University. His work has been exhibited internationally at galleries and museums, including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Royal Academy in London, among others. He is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York and Victoria Miro in London.