Raymond Bonilla and Richard Kersting
Observe & Imagine

Friday, September 16, 2016-Saturday, October 15, 2016

Artist Statement -Raymond Bonilla:

My interest in painting and animation lies in the role of an “illustrator as a visual journalist” and the subject of memory. While painting and animation have approaches and aesthetics that may be unique to themselves, at their core these disciplines both allow artists the ability to document the human experience. My art is rooted in the influences of impressionist painters, illustrators, and animators of the 19th and 20th centuries. In my work I use an artistic language that is deeply rooted in the visual vocabulary of figurative and abstract art of the past. From these, I take the traditional artistic tools of color and form, which allow me to immerse viewers in my pictures, allowing those viewers to appreciate my work both for its literal and abstract qualities. I strive to create art that records my observation of the world around me, whether it be a direct observation or a statement of internal reflection. Ultimately, I seek to make work that is a "visual journal" of the human condition.

Artist Statement -Richard Kersting:

What I do: I make pictures that tinker with meaning and feeling through symbol and form…

Why I do it: The work makes me feel somehow whole… It’s an effective vehicle for self-examination… It’s a kind of cathartic meditative practice… It’s become a comfortable habit. It’s ultimately social when I put frames around the pictures and display them…Others then seem to value it and call it art… Sometimes they value it so much they want to own it… I find this surprising in a very good way… It makes me feel even more whole and useful…

Method: …I like working with small, cabinet or miniature sizes… It’s more intimate, less overwhelming, encourages the work to be “read” rather than merely glanced at, and tends to have a preciousness about it like a jewel… I work with all drawing and painting media except transparent watercolor, fresco, or encaustic… Sometimes I work with several media together (mixed media). Some work is based on drawings, some directly invented on the support… There’s a lot of drawing in my work…

Subject matter: The main constant that ties the work together is the symbolic and surrealistic treatment of subject matter… The unconscious and subconscious come into play… all very psychological… Some draw back in confusion from certain images, some are extremely fascinated prompting them to expound for some time on possible meanings… Generally, my work reflects what I feel about what I experience… What others may feel and see in the work… Who knows?

Conor Moynihan, author at the Buffalo News Gusto wrote a wonderful preview article about the exhibit in the Sept. 14th edition of the Gusto titled "Two-person exhibit at Meibohm blurs observation, imagination", and you can read it here.

• All dimensions are in inches, height precedes width.
• All works are signed and titled by the artists.
• Works are framed with conservation materials.
• Additional works by both artists are available through Meibohm Fine Arts.
• Raymond Bonilla’s website: raymondbonilla.com
• Richard Kersting’s website: kerstingart.com

Please contact the gallery concerning availability of works from past exhibits.

Catalog of Exhibition:

1. Raymond Bonilla
Last Light on Richmond 24 x 18, oil on panel, 2016
1200.00 (sold)

2. Raymond Bonilla
Liberty Ave., Last Light on Lefferts 24 x 24, oil on panel, 2016

3. Richard Kersting
Boiler room 5-7/8 x 4-5/8, egg tempera, 2009
700.00 (sold)

4. Richard Kersting
Theft 9-1/2 x 7-1/2, oil, 2016

5. Raymond Bonilla
Liberty Ave., Sunset on 97th Ave. 24 x 24, oil on panel, 2016
1750.00 (sold)

6. Richard Kersting
Still Life with Widgets 6-1/4 x 4, oil, 2013

7. Richard Kersting
Under Boundless Intention 7 x 5, oil, 2013

8. Raymond Bonilla
Winter, Sunset on Virginia Pl. 11 x 14, oil on panel, 2016
600.00 (sold)

9. Richard Kersting
LE-N 2-7/8 x 2-3/4, oil, 2016
400.00 (sold)

10. Richard Kersting
Queen of Spoons 3-7/8 x 3, oil, 2016

11. Richard Kersting
Walpurgis 9 x 5-1/8, oil, 2014
975.00 (sold)

12. Raymond Bonilla
104th St. 18 x 24, oil on panel, 2015

13. Raymond Bonilla
Liberty Ave., Lefferts Blvd. Station 24 x 36, oil on panel, 2016

14. Raymond Bonilla
Twinbrook Station on the Red Line 18 x 24, oil on panel, 2016

15. Raymond Bonilla
Study for Liberty Ave. #1 24 x 24, mixed media on paper, 2015
1500.00 (sold)

16. Richard Kersting
Garage I 9-7/8 x 8, mixed media, 2015

17. Richard Kersting
Garage II 9-7/8 x 8, egg tempera, 2016

18. Raymond Bonilla
Hoyt Lake 16 x 20, oil on panel, 2016
925.00 (sold)

19. Richard Kersting
Under the Sea 5-3/4 x 4, egg tempera, 2011-12

20. Richard Kersting
Tangent 6 x 4, egg tempera, 2011

21. Richard Kersting
Gallery A 5-1/4 x 4, oil, 2013

22. Richard Kersting
At 5am 5-1/4 x 3, oil, 2013

23. Richard Kersting
Stelae 3-5/8 x 6, oil, 2012
550.00 (sold)

24. Raymond Bonilla
Study for Cena 7 x 10-1/2, acrylic on paper, 2015

25. Raymond Bonilla
Sunset Salad 18 x 24, oil on panel, 2016

26. Raymond Bonilla
Study for Kew Gardens 6-3/4 x 10, acrylic on paper, 2015
425.00 (sold)

27. Raymond Bonilla
Study for 111th St. 7 x 5, acrylic on paper, 2015
400.00 (sold)

28. Raymond Bonilla
Liberty Ave., Xmas 30 x 40, oil on panel, 2016

29. Richard Kersting
Chimera II 9-1/8 x 6-5/8, gouache & acrylic, 2016

30. Richard Kersting
Shaman 9-1/2 x 4-1/2, prisma & oil, 2015

31. Richard Kersting
Full Table in an Empty Room 9-3/8 x 6-3/4, prisma & charcoal, 2010

32. Raymond Bonilla
Kew Gardens 24 x 36, oil on panel, 2015