John Cleaveland is a critically-acclaimed contemporary realist painter whose depictions of the landscape have inspired and amazed viewers for over three decades. Cleaveland selects his sites carefully. Some are iconic in nature, symbolic of an area, or have borne witness to great events or conflicts. Others provide a challenge to the Georgia-based artist with regard to perspective or light. All share the same gritty intensity and detail that imbue Cleaveland's work with a gravity which draws the viewer in. And, they are immersive. Many of Cleaveland's paintings are quite large scale allowing for the viewer to feel like they could walk right into them.
The current exhibition at the Huntsville Museum of Art (AL) features imagery from Alabama and beyond. Encounters continues in the Museum's Grisham Gallery through April 2, 2023. Following the close of the show in Huntsville, several of these paintings and others will be exhibited and sold through Momentum Gallery in Asheville, NC. John Cleaveland's exhibition of recent work opens at Momentum on Thursday, April 27 and continues through Saturday, June 24.