Reeve Schley, By The River

October 21 - December 17, 2023

Geary is pleased to present By The River, a solo exhibition by American Postwar and Contemporary artist, Reeve Schley, opening Oct 21, 2023.

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Schley is best known for his atmospheric and evocative landscapes. His work depicts natural scenes from the American and Canadian Northeast, such as farms, forests, and rivers. These works are characterized by their use of gestural brushstrokes, simplified forms, and bold colors. He is also celebrated for his portrayal of people at leisure. Picnics, tennis games, and sunbathers are common themes, as are landscapes executed on-the-spot at beaches and riversides. His ephemeral oils and watercolors capture moments of serenity both in nature and amongst friends.

By The River will explore the development of Schley’s painting, investigating the evolution from early paintings rooted in realism to more abstract and expressionist work later in his career.

Reeve Schley was born in New York City in 1936.

Reeve Schley

He received a BA from Yale University, an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with Francis Speight and Franklin Watkins, and studied in Munich with Josef Buchty. Recent exhibitions include Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Brooklyn Museum of Art; New Jersey State Museum; and Drew University, NJ. His work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Newark Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Yale University; New Jersey State Museum; and the National Academy, where he was the recipient of the Schweitzer Prize. Schley lives and works on his farm in Whitehouse, NJ.