In the paintings of Carl Bretzke and David Cunningham, the lively highways and quiet neighborhood streets of Minneapolis find fitting expression.
A two-person exhibition featuring painters Carl Bretzke and David J. Cunningham is currently on view at Douglas Flanders & Associates Fine Art Gallery in Minneapolis. A reception for the artists will be held on September 27, from 6-9 p.m., and the exhibition remains on view through October 18.
David Cunningham, “Washington Ave,” oil on panel, 22 x 28 in. Douglas Flanders & Associates Fine Art Gallery
David Cunningham, “Daylight,” oil on panel, 48 x 36 in. Douglas Flanders & Associates Fine Art Gallery
The exhibition features recent work from both artists, who specialize in urban scenes. Cunningham displays a keen sensitivity to light and color that manifests the artist’s influences, George Inness and James McNeill Whistler. Though many of his works picture public streets and bars, a distinctive quiet and a sense of solitude pervades them. Bretzke similarly captures the uniqueness of life in Minnesota, from its harsh winters to its striking mix of urban and rural elements.
Carl Bretzke, “Vineyard Backroad,” oil on linen, 20 x 28 in. Douglas Flanders & Associates Fine Art Gallery
Carl Bretzke, “Tanker Reflection,” oil on linen, 24 x 36 in. Douglas Flanders & Associates Fine Art Gallery
Bretzke, who has trained under notable landscape painter Joseph Paquet, holds the distinction of winning First Place in the PleinAir Salon competition, an award he received earlier this year for his entry “Winter 2014 — In Memory of.” A part-time painter and part-time radiologist, Bretzke has enjoyed increasing success recently and has shown his work in Minneapolis and California.
David Cunningham, “Rain Drops,” oil on panel, 22 x 28 in. Douglas Flanders & Associates Fine Art Gallery
David Cunningham earned his arts education at the Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Based in St. Paul, Cunningham has exhibited in numerous group shows around Minnesota.
To see more work from the featured artists, visit the gallery’s website.