The East Hampton Star
The New Profusion on Main Street
By Jennifer Landes
Graham Loper’s compositions of figures in antique dress are similarly unknowable. Rendered as if they existed in prior centuries, the faces, actually of real people, appear to be mostly cut out and applied, with the rest of the rendering painted around them. The faces are familiar and sometimes very modern looking, even when they are given the patina of age. The mysteries they imply lie in those facial features, and as a result feel more compelling.
For Victorian Survivors, painter Graham Loper presents portraits, landscapes and art historical references to famous self-portrait with still life painter Gregory Gillespie. In perhaps one of the first seriously representational exhibitions this critic has ever seen mounted in Bushwick, coincidentally on the same weekend asExecution at Nude with a Goose, we are all turning to look at figure painting again.