"The Art of Dance”
Meatpacking District, NYC- Ivy Brown Gallery is pleased to present “The Art of Dance” by Rachel Isadora, twenty-five oil paintings inspired by dance. The opening reception will be held Wednesday, November 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The show will run through November 30th with in gallery happenings inspired by dance and Isadora’s artwork.
This second exhibition of Isadora’s work is inspired by both modern dance and classical ballet. It is Isadora’s tangibility to the work that draws in the viewer from a student’s perspective of training with some of the greatest teachers and choreographers such as Alexandra Danilova, Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey and George Balanchine. This melding of the contemporary and classical dance repertoire gave her the tools to study and be inspired by the perfection of the human form telling a story. These works take the classical mediums of painting and dance and present them with the inner emotion and knowledge of a dancer as well as a fresh contemporary eye of an artist.
Isadora apprenticed with New York City Ballet and was a member of The Boston Ballet until an injury caused her to seek work as a visual artist. Isadora has always been captivated by the Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and costume and set designers such as Leon Bakst, Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau among others. When the Metropolitan Museum of Art planned its just-published Invitation to Ballet: A Celebration of Dance and Degas, it paired familiar Degas works with newly commissioned illustrations by Isadora.
Isadora’s oeuvre of colorful and rigorous oil paintings depict dances and dancers who played formative roles during her years of study in the New York City Ballet’s school, The School of American Ballet, and professional work with the The Boston Ballet. Her influences range from the greatest choreographersGeorge Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Marius Petipa to dancers and muses Jacques D'Amboise, Suzanne Farrell, Allegra Kent and Peter Martins. For Isadora, dancers have always been a source of inspiration for their movement, talent and creativity.
Anthony Williams, Principal Dancer with The Joffrey Ballet and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and founder and Artistic Director of Boston’s BalletRox and Tony Williams Dance Company, says “Rachel Isadora’s oil paintings capture what dance means to me. It takes a dancer to understand the movement, expression and nuance of dance and then to translate these on to canvas. She expresses, not only the performance as the audience sees it but the inner feelings and physical involvement experienced by the dancer.”
The exhibition is composed of twenty-five oil paintings in various sizes ranging from silhouettes, landscaped dream sequences to actual dance in visual structure. Almost all the various techniques used when creating her oil painting have come through trial and experimentation. She stretches the typical canvas concept by incorporating jute, raw cotton cloth and materials that create unusual textures for the paint which have become a signature for some of her artworks in oil.
This chapter of Isadora’s career is an intimate viewing of her life long love of painting, starting with a passion for dance and movement.
Isadora has illustrated and written over 200 children's books and many have been adapted to film, music and dance. She lives and works in New York City and is represented by Liss Gallery in Toronto, Canada