One River Gallery is in full-bloom with its newest exhibition of paintings of the twisted, magical flora by artists Amy Lincoln and JJ Manford. ‘Still lifes’ here are anything but ’still’- with a visual energy and radiance both artists construct a mystical realm where plants, flowers, gardens and landscapes are revived. “Botanic Revival” begins with works by Amy Lincoln that explore the complexities of specific plant species through a colorful, patterned approach. JJ Manford seeks to create an animated visual energy and undecipherable mystery in his glassy-jade-like palm fronds and flowers. Manford reveals the vulnerability of his animals, trees and landscapes by exposing their mystical side with glowing and vivid hues in abstracted forms.
Amy Lincoln lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in 2006 from Temple University and her undergraduate degree from the University of California in 2003. Her work has been exhibited in NY, California, Oregon, Connecticut and Maine as well as internationally in France and Japan. Her work is currently on display at Morgan Lehman Gallery in NY as part of the group exhibition 20 x 16. Amy Lincoln seeks inspiration for her paintings from trips to places outside New York City such as the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, or the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, where she grew up as well as the flowers and trees growing in New York City’s cemeteries, parks, and neighbors’ gardens.
Born in 1983, JJ Manford is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, in 2006, and his MFA from Hunter College in 2013. He has exhibited in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, London, and recently had a solo show, entitled "The Brink of Utterance", at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY., and a two person exhibition at Freight and Volume, with Max Razdow, entitled "Through Every Leaf". JJ is also a co-founder of the Brooklyn based artist collective Underdonk and has organized projects independently, which have been featured in Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, Art Critical and The Huffington Post. Most recently, he lead a critique as a MFASO visiting artist at Hunter College, NY, and as a visiting Painting Critic for Bruce High Quality Foundation University.