Boston-born, London-based painter Phil Hale crafts distressed, dynamic works in which figures are conveyed in action and anguish. His nighttime backdrops are particularly absorbing, with shadows both enveloping and dramatizing the scenes. Hale’s work is decidedly confrontational and relational, in contrast with figurative painting that focuses on quiet, somber moments. In fact, several of Hale’s paintings seem to be convergences of multiple scenes. Hale was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.
Now a well-established Manhattan gallerist, Jonathan LeVine continues to nod to his roots in the 1980s New York punk scene with his curatorial choices. Over the past 10 years, Jonathan LeVine Gallery has become a premier destination for high-caliber art with a countercultural aesthetic and the gallery (which is down divided into two locations) will celebrate a decade in business with "The Color and the Fury: 10 Years of Jonathan LeVine Gallery."