N.H. Stubbing, Previous Exhibit
Paintings by N.H. Stubbing (1921-1983) were on display in Spirits of Place, a solo show in September and October, 2005. Many of them remain accessible in the gallery's back rooms and may be seen on request. Here is a view of the installation:
Newton Haydn Stubbing, or Tony Stubbing as he was known to friends, was a British-born artist who lived in Spain, France, New York, and Sagaponack, Long Island, where he spent his last years in a house and studio still owned by his widow, the art critic Yvonne Hagen.
The Nabi presented a retrospective of work created between the 1950s and 1980s, starting with a selection of the semi-abstract “ceremonials” that Stubbing, inspired by the prehistoric cave art at Altamira in Spain, painted with his hands.
Crow Ceremony, oil on linen, 66x77, 1957
The exhibit also included a group of the later images for which he is best known: brush-painted landscapes that distill a sense of place in a luminous, almost mystical style that borders on abstraction.
Untitled, oil on canvas, 18x18, 1975
Shown alongside these canvases were two dozen small studies in oil on board, or in watercolor, that the artist painted on his frequent travels and in a nature preserve near his Sagaponack home.
Black Tree in Park, oil on board, 7x8, 1972
Stubbing’s work is numerous collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate Gallery in London, the Lindisfarne Association in Scotland, and Guild Hall in East Hampton.