The contemporary abstract excursions of veteran visual artist Diane Ayott will be showing at Kathryn Markel’s Chelsea location. Her process involves rolling, scraping, brushing and squeezing paint into the shape of dots, lines and ellipses to create layers of shifting color and pattern. At the core of Ayott’s works is what she calls “accrual of information over time,” a gradual accumulation of shape and hue, which are her expressions of emotions and logic. Trained as a representational landscape artist, a style that depends on direct observation of reality, Ayott maintained a fascination with geometry and grids, which led to her eventual embrace of the non-representational styles of art.
Jeepers Creepers will be on display until April 18 at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Manhattan. (212) 366-5368, markelfinearts.com.
BY DEFAULT: THE WORK OF JEFFREY K. FISHER
Gallery North is hanging an exhibit celebrating the life and work of beloved local artist/illustrator Jeffrey K. Fisher, who recently passed away. Even before studying at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, he was a published illustrator. Fisher has produced book and magazine covers, posters, murals, ads and story illustrations (like those he did for this magazine). His roster of clients included Reader’s Digest, Newsday and The Smithsonian, along with iconic publishers Doubleday and HarperCollins. The scope of his career was diverse, ranging from courtroom illustrations and other institutional works to science fiction images. Fisher readily shared his wealth of knowledge, conducting regular workshops at Smithtown’s The Drawing Room Studio, just down the road from Gallery North.
By Default: The Work Of Jeffrey K. Fisher will be exhibited until April 17 at Gallery North in Setauket. (631) 751-2676, gallerynorth.org.