Sean Cavanaugh's UNDER THE ELDERS' GAZE Exhibition to Open This Month at the Lowe

Miami, FL -- An exhibition of exquisite watercolor and oil paintings by Sean Cavanaugh will be on view in the Lowe Art Museum's exhibition, Sean Cavanaugh: Under the Elders' Gaze, opening October 27. Descended from a line of distinguished painters, Sean Cavanaugh is the grandson of Milton and Sally Avery and the son of March Avery.

Cavanaugh revels in the mundane; specifically, trees are a source of endless fascination for him. Cavanaugh sees in trees not only a boundless array of dazzling visual information but also a limitless range of metaphors. For him, trees are visceral manifestations of the visual splendor and awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world. They are also chronographs, registering the passage of time in their very cores. Trees are sentries, standing guard in their forest homes, and they are our elders, bearing witness to humanity's endless parade as it passes under their gaze. Through his meticulously detailed work, Cavanaugh explores richly textured tapestries of bark, lichens, and fungus, each different but all embodying a universe unto themselves. Light and shadow dance across his surfaces, creating captivating interplays of contrasting forms and inviting the viewer to embrace a range of interpretative possibilities. The artist's tree studies are detailed and tightly cropped, and lend themselves to being read as landscapes, moonscapes, or even stratigraphic studies.

Sean Cavanaugh: Under the Elders' Gaze will open with a Reception and Artist's Talk on October 27, and will be on view through June 25, 2017.

The Lowe Art Museum (www.miami.edu/lowe) is located on the campus of the University of Miami at 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, Florida. With a permanent collection of 19,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of world culture, the Lowe is committed to serving as a vital resource for education and enrichment through art. Its dynamic permanent and temporary exhibitions establish the Lowe as a keeper of memories, a showcase for masterworks, an igniter of awe and wonder, and a bridge between yesterday and today.

Museum gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays and University holidays. General Admission (not including programs) is $12.50, $8 for senior citizens and non-UM students, and free for Lowe members, UM students, faculty and staff, and children under 12. Admission is free on Donation Day, the first Tuesday of every month. For more information, call 305-284-3535, follow us on Twitter at @loweartmuseum, follow us on Facebook.com/loweartmuseum, or visit lowemuseum.org.

Image: Sean Cavanaugh (American, b. 1969), True Vincy, 2014, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 46 x 33 inches, Courtesy the artist

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