- 2014 Workshop and Exhibition at
Kokol Arts Studio and Gallery, South Tampa, FL

ROY LERNER - Internationally Acclaimed Contemporary Artist to visit Tampa October 13-18, 2014 for a special Workshop and Exhibition at Kokol Arts Studio & Gallery in South Tampa, Florida.
Workshop, October 13-17, 2014 followed by a
Special Exhibition Reception - Saturday, October 18, 2014 5-9pm works by Roy and workshop participants.

Roy Lerner will be visiting Tampa for the first time and bringing his unique painting style - large scale, free form abstract expressionism using high tech acrylic paints and mediums.

Roy will share his 30 years of artistic experience in this week long workshop which will culminate in a special exhibition of the participants’ work and Roy’s creation on Saturday, October 18. Additionally, Roy will bring a selection of his favorite pieces (to be announced) to Tampa for this event.

Lerner’s latest international exhibit is in Montreal, Canada July 25-Aug 31,2014 at Galerie d’Arts Contemporains. Titled “Transparent Overtures” the exhibit opening coincided with the Montreal Jazz Festival. His works are often described as “Jazz fusion allusions” as noted in a recent article by art critic, John K. Grande in Vie des Arts Magazine. Grande’s article reflects a positive critique of Lerner’s abstract expressionism and spirited vibe as his art and music worlds collide.

Lerner has had 26 solo exhibitions; been included in 111 group exhibitions; has paintings in 8 museum collections, more than 8 galleries, and many private as well as corporate collections. Lerner has exhibited in ten countries, most frequently in the US, Canada, France, and Italy. (For instance, last week, for the 6th consecutive year, Roy Lerner was represented by Gallery Sam at the July 2014 ArtHamptons Fine Art Fair in Bridgehamton, NY.) In 2007, he exhibited in Rome and had a solo museum exhibition in Spoleto, Italy.

Lerner has an extensive bibliography of reviews and essays, including articles in Art in America and the New York Times. Noted art critic and writer Karen Wilkin has championed Roy’s work since the beginning of his career. Wilkin is an art critic for the Wall Street Journal, teaches at the School of Visual Arts, and writes regularly for the Hudson Review and The New Criterion. She writes, “Lerner lives and paints in pastoral South Salem, but his work often feels like Times Square, with all its competing, moving imagery, backlighting, and waves of tourists.”

Noted art curator and scholar, Dr. Kenworth Moffett describes Lerner’s evocative style in his 2013 essay:
“Roy Lerner possesses a preternatural ability to think, feel, imagine and improvise with paint. His signature is a choppy, stutter stroke made with a palette knife, which creates rhythmic marks varying over a chromatic or bare canvas ground without ever repeating. This lyrical improvisation evokes the music of jazz greats like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, whose music Roy loves.
His improvisational hand and wrist drawing are the staples of his painting. And the freer he becomes, the more his pictures evoke images of landscapes, cities, figures of all sorts, and even phantasmagoric events.”

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