PITTSFIELD -- Berkshire Museum presents the new exhibition "River Paintings" by Berkshire-based artist Henry Ekman Klein. The paintings focus on nature and the evolving landscape, expressed in exuberant brushstrokes and a rich, saturated palette.
"I give my audience the ringside seat, viewing stories about the characters: rocks, water, gravity," says Klein. He employs an innovative en plein air technique in his work, producing real-size views of the terrain in a one-to-one ratio. The exhibit is located in the Ellen Crane Memorial Room and will be on view through June 30.
A conservation technician at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Klein is accostomed to detail work, which translates to his paintings and the intimacy with which he portrays objects in nature. A graduate of Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Klein came to the area in 1991 for a residency at the Contemporary Artists Center in North Adams.
He started out by making abstract paintings, but he found himself drawn to the outdoors and the New England landscape. His paintings in the Crane Room reflect his fascination with the processes of nature that surround us every day.
Klein, who lives in Adams with his wife, is a recipient of the Frederic Remington Award for excellence in studio art.
His work has been widely shown at many galleries in the Berkshires, including the Harrison Gallery, Gallery 51, Carrie Haddad Gallery, and the Plum Gallery; in a solo show at the Springfield Museums; and at galleries in Northampton, New Haven, Conn.
Located at 39 South St. in downtown Pittsfield, Berkshire Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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