The Journey, an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Howard J. Eberle, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 4-25, 2021. Eberle is the recipient of a 2021 Artist Fellowship in Painting from the Delaware Division of the Arts.
The majority of works in this exhibition span his journey of the last decade of a professional career that has lasted over 25 years. Included are award winning paintings that have been exhibited in public museums in the USA and abroad.
Eberle describes himself as a portrait of painter of objects. He is drawn to the peeled paint of an old barn, the rusty patina of an anchor, or the weathered wood on an old workboat. He carefully balances his compositions and eliminates some details that might distract the eye.
Eberle explains, “I am greatly influenced by the Zen principal of kanso, and in my paintings keep only what is necessary to allow more space for quiet moments of contemplation. Through composition I strive to eliminate clutter in favor of simplicity.”
The paintings are transparent watercolor using a drybrush technique which enables him to achieve realistic, fine detail not typical of this medium.
The Mezzanine Gallery, open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is located on the second floor of the Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington. Visitors must wear face coverings and maintain 3 feet distance from other individuals not in their household.
Image: Skiff (detail), 2016, transparent watercolor, 11 x 30 inches