Gallery takes realistic turn

The Rider University Art Gallery has welcomed another artist from the Lawrenceville area: Mel Leipzig, whose exhibit “Semi-Retrospective” will be in the art gallery until April 17.

While working as an art professor at Mercer County Community College, Leipzig paints realistic scenes, typically including people rather than focusing on still life. His art has been featured in galleries across the country, including The White House, Montclair Art Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has also won countless awards, including the Distinguished Teacher Award at Mercer County Community College and several grants.

In this exhibit, most of the paintings are of people, including a series composed of five separate paintings of the gallery’s last contributor, Michael Graves. Others include a depiction of a man in a tattoo shop and a man seated on the couch with his sons.

—Emily Eiermann

The painting “The Written Walls” depicts four boys relaxing in a room covered by posters, drawings and general grafitti, including the band name “Sex Pistols” and the words “Racism Sucks.”
“Red Interior” seems to be one of the least realistic of the paintings in the exhibit.
“Michael Graves Series, Panel 1” is part of a five-painting series of the well-known architect.
“Margaret” is a painting of a woman in a living room. The idea seems simple enough, but the unique perspective, angles and attention to detail keep the piece interesting and artistic.
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