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"...One painting that lands on the poetic side of her oeuvre is Mad to Live from her Everything is Fine exhibition of five years ago. Like much of Eaton’s work, this exhibition looked at humanity’s interaction with the natural world. In this painting in particular the artist explored the rarity of unspoiled American landscapes and the re-imagined freedom of the open road. Mad to Live was inspired by Jack Kerouac’s 1957 novel On the Road, specifically the quote: "... because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like the fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’...” Allison Malafronte

Fine Art Connoisseur
Selected by editor-in-chief Peter Trippi
July/August 2018


Hudson-Inspired Art, Popping Up All Over

"...In the center’s mezzanine gallery, two Hudson River School works — “The Oxbow,” from 1836, by Thomas Cole, and “Twilight in the Wilderness,” 1860, by Frederic Edwin Church — served as the starting points for Purdy Eaton’s two identically named paintings.

While similar in composition and palette, Ms. Eaton’s images incorporate contemporary references. Her “Oxbow” includes cookie-cutter suburban houses along the shoreline, while on the riverbank in her “Twilight in the Wilderness,” she has added tiny lettering, phrases taken from Bruce Nauman’s 1984 neon “One Hundred Live and Die.”..."

The New York Times


Published: October 19, 2012

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Peekskill Project V:The New Hudson River School
HVCCA and Venues throughout the City of Peekskill

Opening Weekend
September 29 & 30, 2012
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Peekskill Project Venues


Public Reception Sunday September 30, 5 - 7pm

Purdy Eaton, The Oxbow, 2008, oil and collage on canvas/panel, 48”x72”

Curators: Anna Adler, Cristina Arnold, Paul Clay, Kerry Cox, Evonne Davis, Marcy B. Freedman, Matthew Leonard, Cheryl McGinnis, Wilfredo Morel, Lise Prown, Alix Sloan, Livia Straus, Lilly Wei, Emma Wilcox

Artists: Justin Allen * Ben Altman * Aranow, Grange & Mondale * Irina Arnaut * ArtCrime * Brandon Ballengée * Thomas Bangsted * Ali Banisadr * Phyllida Barlow * Johanna Barron * Z Behl * Anonda Bell * Katrina Bello * Sergio Benenson * Erik Benson * Huma Bhabha * Andrea Bianconi * Maider Bilbao * Hu Bing * Judith Braun * Mia Brownell * Sean Carroll * Marcy Chevali * Ryan Jennings Clark * Jennifer Cohen * Margaret Cogswell * Diana Cooper * Pepe Coronado & Alex Guerrero * Grayson Cox * Ian Davis * Brian Doyle * Purdy Eaton * Nicole Eisenman * Cara Enteles * Geoff Feder * Carole Feuerman * Chantel Foretich * Marcy B. Freedman * Matt Frieburghaus * Jeffrey Gibson * Greg Haberny * Charles Harlan * Tommy Hartung * Ellen Harvey * Astra Howard * Ran Hwang * Katarina Jerinic * Chris Jordan * Mike Kenney * The Ladies Auxiliary * Virginia Lavado * Lisa Lebofsky * Ryan Lemke * Matthew Leonard * Anya Liftig * Robert Lobe & Kathleen Gilje * LoCurto/Outcault * Tala Madani * Mary Kate Maher * Julie Anne Mann * Nadja Marcin * Armando Marino * Virginia Martinsen * Maureen McCourt & Priscilla Dobler * Charles McGill * Maria Driscoll McMahon * Robin Michals * Alan Michelson * Martha Mysko * Basha Ruth Nelson * Bruce Odland * David Ostro * Brent Owens * Yigal Ozeri * Gene Panczenko * Claudia Passeri * Daniel Phillips * Andy Piedilato * Elisa Pritzker * Andy Ralph * Leon Reid IV * Marko Renec * Corina Reynolds *Asya Reznikov * Daniel Roberts * Camilo Rojas * Jean-Pierre Roy * Brie Ruais * Will Ryman * Christine Sciulli * Nancy Shaver * Arlene Shechet * Shara Shisheboran * Brooke Singer * Skewville * Matthew Slaats * Willie Wayne Smith * Jonathan Stanish * Chad Stayrook * Kate Sterlin * Ian Swanson * Niko Tavernise * Marc Thompson * Joey Varas * Kai Vierstra * Hanna von Goeler * Ouattara Watts * Adrienne Wheeler * Genevieve White * Song Xin * Lin Yan * Lana Yu * Michael Zelehoski * and more


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