Tonalism Now: John MacDonald and Curt Hanson

Opening: Friday, May 12, 2023 5 – 9 pm
Tuesday, May 2 – Jun 25, 2023

215 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Lily Pad | West is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition "Tonalism Now" featuring John MacDonald and Curt Hanson

Private Reception for VIP Clients and the Press: Thursday, May 13th from 6 to 9pm

The tradition of Tonalism has permeated American landscape painting for centuries. Championed by masters George Inness, Wolf Kahn, James McNeill Whistler, and Birge Harrison, the genre has been carried on by those who have studied their techniques and approaches, like contemporary painter John MacDonald (b. 1957).
A student and mentee of Tonalist master Curt Hanson (1945-2016), John MacDonald’s ethereal landscapes encompass the key components of the genre: subtle color tones, depiction of atmosphere, the use of soft-edged, abstracted forms to create an immediacy of emotional response, and an overall emphasis on the mood of a scene over the representational depiction of place. These elements, when purposefully employed, create the striking, bold, and poetically-charged landscapes that MacDonald is known for.

“Tonalism Now” is a contemporary look at a historical genre, featuring new paintings by John MacDonald hung beside those of his mentor, Curt Hanson. The stylistic lineage that exists between these two artists is explored in this exhibition, highlighting the importance of carrying on this historical genre through a contemporary lens.

Image: Curt Hanson, June, Oil on canvas, 40 x 34”