Monday, January 14, 2013


jordan faye contemporary

Scott Ponemone, Procession J, watercolor on paper

Scott Ponemone :: Divine Fantasy 

WHEN: January 11 - February 23, 2013
WHERE: Jordan Faye Contemporary, 823 Park Ave., Baltimore

Jordan Faye Contemporary is pleased an upcoming exhibition of works by Baltimore-based Scott Ponemone, entitled Divine Fantasy. This exhibition marks Ponemone's second at the gallery.

About Divine Fantasy

From Tuscan skies and parade processions to ornate borders and detailed patterns, beauty and history mingle in many of the works selected for Divine Fantasy. Saturated colors juxtaposed with black and white scenes depict make-believe rituals, or familiar ones transformed into fantasy. These works are rich in spiritual undertones, historical content, and architectural narrative. The narrative element exists throughout Ponemone's work—even in the pieces that are just sky and border one feels the fleeting joy of watching a sunset mixed with the weight of history in the elaborate architectural edges. Ponemone captures a bit of magic in each of these divine fantasies.

We see the range of this artist's work spanning three decades. Ponemone's main medium is watercolor and he has become a master painter during his career. The works in Divine Fantasy range from the size of a piece of notebook paper to 5 feet tall. Each piece expresses its subject with detail and control rarely captured in watercolor. Color itself plays a crucial role in these works, as Ponemone chooses to leave some elements black and white and saturate others with vivid hues.

Scott Ponemone was born in 1949 and has been making work for over 30 years. Ponemone received his BA from Amherst College and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His main medium is watercolor,  and has recently been exploring wood engravings, due to his love of prints (he's been an avid print collector for years). 

Ponemone has had 21 one-person exhibitions since 1980, in New York, Washington DC, Miami, Richmond, Annapolis & Baltimore.  Included in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, City of Baltimore, Museum of the City of New York, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Johns Hopkins University & more. Scott has had fellowships and residencies in Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Colony, Chateau at Rochefort en Terre, France (MICA), Hungarian Multicultural Center, School 33 Art Center, and Maryland Art Place. In his spare time he volunteers as the Editor of the Newsletter for the Print, Drawing & Photography Society of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and as a member of accessions committee for the BMA. Manual Labor in 2012 was his first solo exhibition with Jordan Faye Contemporary. Divine Fantasy is Ponemone's second solo exhibition with the gallery. Scott lives and works in his beautiful home in Mount Vernon.