Current Exhibitions

Palm Beach

Primitive Worlds

Group Exhibition

Primitive Worlds

Findlay Galleries is proud to present Primitive Worlds, an exhibition featuring paintings by Camille Bombois, Orville Bulman, Henri Maïk, Ljubomir Milinkov, Annette Ollivary, and Gustavo Novoa at our Palm Beach gallery in December 2022.

While the first Naïf painters made an appearance in the 1600’s, the work of Henri Rousseau in the late 1800’s strongly influenced a future generation of artists who desired a primitive freshness in their work. The unfettered creativity that came with being self-taught defined the Naif painter. As modern living reached all continents in the 20th century, the art world developed an affinity for the sophisticated simplicity of Naïf paintings, contrasting the graying and troubled world outside.

Beginning in 1931 with an exhibition at his Chicago gallery, Wally Findlay was the first US art dealer dedicated to developing and representing European Naïf painters. Findlay Galleries’ first selection of works by Rousseau and Bombois eventually expanded to include contemporary artists such as Maïk, Ollivary, and Novoa. This new group used the Naif style of painting to create art outside traditional realms; objects, landscapes, and creatures exist in an everlasting Eden. While different from their predecessors, they remained true to the craftsmanship, manifest sense of composition, expressive use of color, and solid foundation of design typical of Naïf painters. Findlay Galleries is delighted to share their creativity with you in Primitive Worlds.

Fritz Rauh

American Abstract Expressionist

Fritz Rauh was born in Wuppertal, Germany, in 1920. He enrolled in the Braunschweig Art School in 1938, although his studies were interrupted by WWII. Following the war, he completed his formal training in Braunschweig and met his future wife, Alix; they emigrated to the United States in 1954 and settled in Marin County, California.

Rauh had his first solo exhibition in 1956 at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition was well received by critics applauding Rauh’s unique approach to canvas as a surface to be “opened” with color and shapes. Small amoeba-like shapes filled his canvases, closely packed on a contrasting and sometimes harmonizing ground in a way that foreground and background become interchangeable. The vibrating surface that resulted, heightened by areas of flat color defining the limits of the canvas, evokes the beauty of micro-organic worlds.

Rauh’s critical and commercial success in the following decades led to his works being exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including SF MOMA, Oakland Art Museum, International Art Expo in Osaka, Japan and Gallerie Schreiner in Basel, Switzerland. Today, Findlay Galleries is proud to represent the artist’s estate exclusively.

The School of Paris

Group Exhibition

In the early 20th century, Paris became the epicenter of Western art. Painters and sculptors from around the world flocked to the city, giving rise to Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, and Modern Art as we know it today.

The School of Paris exhibition presents a select group of artists that were instrumental to the artistic developments of this period, along with others that benefited from and furthered their vison: Andre Lhote, Jean Dufy, Gen Paul, Paul Aïzpiri, Bernard Buffet, and Gilles Gorriti. Their works encompassed multiple themes and covered a wide range of styles; from the dynamic colors of Fauvism to the revolutionary forms of Cubism and the otherworldly compositions of Surrealism. The School of Paris took advantage of developments from a variety of sources as it forged a path that art would follow through the remainder of the century and into present day.

We invite you to our Palm Beach gallery to view The School of Paris.

Figures: Now & Then

Group Exhibition

Findlay Galleries is pleased to present the exhibition Figures: Now & Then, on view at our Palm Beach. This exhibition uses the human figure as the lens through which a variety of painting styles and themes can be explored and better understood. The eye and mind are highly attuned to observing, reading, and interpreting body language, making the human figure a focal point of artistic creation from the earliest onset of our culture. How an artist and style adapt to the challenge of capturing the nuances of the human figure as it communicates the inner life of the subject is part of the artistry that makes figurative painting an enduring theme. 

As a reflection of Findlay Galleries’ deep understanding and selection of works in the representative category, this exhibition includes artists with styles ranging from Realism to Modernism. Each artist takes a unique approach, while sharing in their achievement the attainment of a beauty that makes the invisible visible. We invite viewers to enjoy works by Beltran Bofill, Dimitry Gerrman, Hugo Grenville, Le Pho, Henri Matisse, Charles Neal, Nicola Simbari, Peter von Artens and Vu Cao Dam.

Summer Selections

Works on Paper

Findlay Galleries presents the second installment of Summer Selections with our Works on Paper series on view at our Palm Beach Gallery. This exhibition includes a carefully coordinated and diverse selection of works from our vast collection of works on paper by artists such as Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall and others. Visit or view this exhibition online to discover the works on paper that provide the foundation for the artists’ styles we treasure today.

Paper was one of the first mediums used by artists to express their creativity and vision and often affords the viewer a glimpse into the artist’s thoughts and experimental practices. We see many expressions of art born from the initial process of a sketch. At the same time, we also have works on paper that encompass the complete process of artmaking, not only a new concept but a finished work. Findlay Galleries’ collection of Works on Paper showcases a vital and unique artistic genre unlike any other. Often the result is small and intimate, allowing the viewer to engage with each piece personally. We invite you to view this carefully curated collection of works that are not only historically significant but beautiful and inspiring.

New York

Gordon Onslow Ford

Founder of the Lucid Art Movement

British-born American painter Gordon Onslow Ford (1912-2003) was an important bridge between the Parisian Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist movements, exploring interests in spontaneous creation and metaphysical ideas like the collective unconscious.

After serving in the Royal Navy, Onslow Ford departed for Paris and worked briefly with André Lhote and Fernand Léger. Roberto Matta introduced him to André Breton, Max Ernst, and other Parisian Surrealists. During this period, Onslow Ford abandoned the pictorial images of his early work and embraced psychic automatism.

In 1941, he lectured on Surrealism at the New School for Social Research in New York. Audience members included Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. In the same year, he traveled to Mexico and lived among the Tarascan Indians until 1947. “Resigning” from Surrealism in 1943, his spontaneous gestures expanded first into more studied, map-like compositions. These eventually resolved into simple geometries that led him to an awareness of line, circle, and dot as the root forms of the universe.

Returning to San Francisco, Onslow Ford exhibited in two shows at the San Francisco Museum of Art. A solo show in 1949 was followed by his inclusion in the landmark Dynaton exhibition in 1951. In the following decades, his paintings were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, Tate Gallery, Whitney Museum, and several other important institutions.

Over the course of his long career, Onslow Ford’s work evolved from the earthly into the cosmic. The outer becomes inner, as the constellations self-manifest in the shared consciousness, stopping briefly to mark the canvases of Gordon Onslow Ford.

Robert Richenburg

Outrageous Ingenuity

Robert Richenburg (July 14, 1917 – October 10, 2006) was an Abstract Expressionist artist based in New York City, whose paintings were widely acclaimed in the 1950s and 1960s. Richenburg’s career as a painter followed training in his teens at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, art history studies at George Washington University, courses at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. and at the Art Students League in New York, and service in World War II as a combat engineer dealing with explosives, mines and booby traps. Within five years of his return to the States, Richenburg had studied with Amédée Ozenfant and Hans Hofmann, lived for a year in Provincetown, Massachusetts (where he then began spending summers), and joined The Club in New York.

In 1950, while still a student of Hans Hofmann, Richenburg exhibited at the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (later the Guggenheim). The following year was an inflection point in Richenburg’s career when Leo Castelli selected one of his works for the historic 9th Street Exhibition, and he began a long-term teaching position at Pratt Institute. His colleagues at Pratt included Franz Kline, Adolph Gottlieb, Jack Tworkov, Philip Guston, Milton Resnick and Tony Smith. By 1961, critic Irving Sandler declared that “Richenburg emerges as one of the most forceful painters on the New York Art Scene.” Thus began a career in which Richenburg’s paintings were widely exhibited and reviewed, and purchased by major collectors (e.g., Walter Chrysler, Joseph Hirshhorn) and museums (e.g., the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art).

Robert Richenburg was an artist whose creativity was central to his very being, and he had strong opinions about what it meant to be an artist. Some of his aphorisms included “to paint a painting is to kill a thought” and “to think while painting is a form of degradation.” Ultimately Richenburg’s fealty to the creative process would push him away from Pratt when he was pressured to resign for not restricting a pupil’s expression in their art. In a 2016 interview with the Brooklyn Rail, that very artist, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, would recognize Richenburg’s insistence on creative fidelity as one of her most formative moments as an artist.

Findlay Galleries has been the exclusive representative of the Richenburg estate since 2001 and we are honored to continue to explore and document his artistic achievements.

Ronnie Landfield

Recent Works

Since his first exhibition in 1962, when he was in his early twenties, Ronnie Landfield has enjoyed a successful and progressive career as an artist. Widely collected and critically recognized, Landfield’s work has been included in many important institutions and permanent collections.

The 1960s and 70s were Landfield’s formative years, during which Landfield found himself experimenting with rollers, staining, hard-edge borders, and painting unstretched canvas on the floor for the first time. By the late 1960s, he moved away from Minimalism and Hard-edge painting to Lyrical Abstraction, composing abstractions seemingly inspired by the natural world and often incorporating a horizontal band as a counterpoint to the random elements inherent in pouring and staining.

These abstract landscapes of 1968 and 1969, and the period that followed, constitute Landfield’s most original work and most important contributions to the history of contemporary painting. The Whitney Museum of American Art first included Landfield’s work in its Annual Exhibition in 1969. That same year, he was awarded a Copley Foundation (Cassandra) Grant for Painting and held his first one-man exhibition at the David Whitney Gallery in New York. In 1971, the Whitney again included Landfield in their Lyrical Abstraction Exhibition. In 1972, his work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and added to the permanent collection. In 1973, he was invited once again to exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Today, Landfield’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and other important public institutions. Most recently, Landfield received the 2022 Hamptons Fine Art Fair Lifetime Achievement in Painting Award, honoring his contributions and dedication to American abstraction. Findlay Galleries proudly represents Ronnie Landfield. To further celebrate his achievements, an exhibition of his most recent works will be on view at Findlay Galleries New York, opening September 8, 2022.

Summer Selections

New York

Findlay Galleries presents Summer Selections, an exhibition on view at our New York gallery featuring works from our stable of contemporary artists and estates artist displaying a wide breadth of paintings in various formats, mediums and styles. From Hugo Grenville’s contemporary figures and landscapes bathed in light and pattern to John Ferren’s explosive use of color and form. The variety in this exhibition provides collectors with the perfect opportunity to explore our collections and discover new artists and their works.

South Florida Web AdvisorsCurrent Exhibitions