On Friday, June 3, the Jonathan Frost Gallery will host the opening of the show, “Leo Brooks and Jonathan Frost: Works on Paper.” The reception will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano.
For years, in his hours off from his job as a linotype operator at the New York Times, Leo Brooks (1905-1993) visited the city’s museums and galleries. He admired modernist work. At age 60 he took his first art class, at the Art Students League. He tried watercolor, and loved it! He loved the directness of the medium and the freedom of a modernist sensibility, according to which the forms and colors of a work do not have to replicate the forms and colors of the figures and objects depicted, but rather must serve the artist’s aims and the structural needs of the work.
Brooks’ offerings at the Jonathan Frost Gallery include eleven landscapes, mostly coastal scenes, and four sheets of nudes drawn with white ink on black paper. Most of the work is newly framed and has never been shown before.
Jonathan Frost has spent much of his life drawing and painting the figure. In recent years, sequential narrative images have predominated. For this show he has done a series of fairly large ink wash portrait drawings of people he knows. The subjects posed for him at his downtown gallery and studio.
The show will be up through June 28. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 to 5:00. The gallery is located at the corner of Main Street and Park Drive in Rockland; the entrance is on Park Drive. The telephone number is 207-596-0800.