Forming the Figure

Rider University is hosting an exhibit of paintings by artists Charles Cajori and Barbara Grossman,  Cajori/Grossman: Forming the Figure, through Dec. 6 in the Rider University Art Gallery,  Rider campus at 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence. There will be a Gallery Talk Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

This two-person exhibit by husband and wife will show opposing ways to approach the drawing and the painting of the figure.

Charles Cajori arrived in New York City in 1946. There, he studied at Columbia University for two years before joining the Abstract Expressionist movement. Cajori has always drawn directly from nature, but at one time was totally abstract. He eventually began to focus on the female figure, creating images that reveal gestures or simple actions. Cajori has taught for more than 50 years at such schools as the New York Studio School, which he helped found in 1964.

Barbara Grossman is also a figurative painter, whose figures in interior paintings explore both space and sharing color with complex patterns and implied narrative. She graduated from Cooper Union in 1965 and two years later, was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Grant to study in Germany. Grossman was a founding member of Bowery Gallery in New York, where she exhibited for 37 years.

Pictured, above: “Star Dog” by Barbara Grossman.

The Rider University Art Gallery, located on the second floor of Rider’s Bart Luedeke Center, is open Tues.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m.

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