Carmela Kolman: Only Roses

Exhibition Dates: March 31, 2015 - April 25, 2015

Reception: Thursday, April 2, 6 - 8 pm

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The Painting Center is pleased to announce Carmela Kolman’s fourth solo exhibition, Only Roses, in its main gallery. The focus of her eight paintings is the delicate, intersecting forms of flowers. These close-up views express sensitivity to opaque and translucent petal shapes under bright, flickering light, as well as the tactile possibilities of oil paint. The action of light is not something the artist takes for granted. Born blind in one eye, it was not until her twenties that her other eye’s full vision was restored. As Kolman explains, "I actually see in two-dimensions, but my brain has learned to interpret in three. Distant views are not something I grew up with, so I’ve always rendered things close enough to touch.” Carmela Kolman studied painting at RISD and Yale. She has had solo exhibitions at Denise Bibro and Prince Street galleries in New York City, and at Erector Square Gallery in New Haven. Numerous group shows have included Lori Bookstein Fine Art and Kouros Gallery, and she shows regularly with the Zeuxis still life group. Kolman has been the recipient of a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award, and her paintings have been reviewed in the New York Times, New York Daily News, Columbus Dispatch, and New Haven Register. For additional images visit