The turn of the 20th century witnessed a surge in the creation and popularity of nocturnes and night landscapes in American art. Nocturne painting is a term coined by James Abbott McNeill Whistler to describe his painting style that depicts scenes evocative of the night and of subjects that appear in a veil of light. Whistler used the term within the title of his works to represent paintings with a dreamy mood. In broader usage, the term has come to refer to any painting of a night scene.
This group exhibition features a variety of contemporary artists, each giving their own fresh and unique take on what a nocturne means to them. The thought-provoking work ranges from traditional landscapes to figurative to a surreal still life. Participating artists include Marc Anderson, David Dunlop, Jeff Faust, Chris Groves, Susan Hall, John MacDonald, Michael Patterson, Andrew Portwood, Antwan Ramar, H.M. Saffer, Diane Washa and Shirley Cean Youngs.