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Julie Filipenko, Adam Oehlers, Brin Levinson Solo Shows

PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:44 pm
by havengallery
Julie Filipenko

"Every Lie I Said Was True"

June 30th – August 4th, 2019

Opening Reception with the artist: Saturday, June 30th, 2018, 6-8pm

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Northport, NY– Haven Gallery is pleased to present "Every Lie I Said Was True", a solo exhibition of new work by Israel based artist Julie Filipenko. "Every Lie I Said Was True" is Filipenko's second solo show at the gallery. Filipenko's paintings are mischievously bold and playful. Her girls are known for their recognizable faces featuring large, expressive eyes curious with wonder and adventure. A lover of pattern, detail and design, Filipenko often juxtaposes her girls with floral motifs or ornaments their surroundings with the innumerable stars of the solar system. Her ornamentation embraces both the femininity of her subjects and inquisitiveness of their burgeoning minds. One can't help but be drawn in by their girlish guile and be reminded of their own adventures and curiosity from youth.


Julie Filipenko is an artist residing in Tel Aviv, Israel. Julie earned a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel. Her work has been exhibited all over the United States, Australia, Israel and Europe.



Adam Oehlers

"The Wilderlands"

June 30th – August 4th, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 30th, 2018, 6-8pm

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Northport, NY– Haven Gallery is pleased to present "The Wilderlands", a solo exhibition of new paintings and shadowboxes by UK based artist Adam Oehlers. "The Wilderlands" is Oehlers's second solo show at the gallery and is compromised of nineteen new works that traipse the wanderings and musings of our young selves as we imagine, discover and adventure through the wilderness. Friendships blossom and persist as Oehlers's quintessential female protagonists look down from a birds nests up high, meander up thorny branches to visit a furry friend, hide amidst the leaves or fly high in the sky with birds. Oehlers's classic autumnal palette endures with this collection of new work, reminding us that these escapades are not sanguine and innocent. Change is coming, challenges await and we must shine bright no matter how dark the shadows are before us.

"The Wilderlands are inspired by the countryside around my home. It contains the places I escape to, where I find that hidden magic that still thrives in the woods and fields. I want people to be swept through the woods and be led off the path to discover the hidden nooks of this wild place. To find the warmth and magic of its inhabitants from ancient trees to the lost strays that have wandered there too long." – Adam Oehlers


Adam Oehlers was born in Coventry, England and now lives and works out of the UK. He works in pencil, pen and watercolour to create his Illustrations and shadowboxes. He is an Award winning illustrator and well known artist whose illustrations grace many publications, such as his interpretation of the classic text 'The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner', "Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes", his ghost story graphic novel "Dear Little Emmie", ''The Errand'' written by Leo LaFluer released in 2017 and the second in the series ''The Warlock'' due to be released later this year. He is currently working on his next book 'The Mushroom Garden' which he has authored himself.

As well as his publications and exhibitions he has turned his hand towards animation, he has worked as concept artist for the Award winning Music Video for Steven Wilsons 'Routine', as Writer and Artist for Matallicas music video 'Here comes Revenge', Writer and Artist for Passengers music video 'Beautiful Birds' and Steven Wilsons 'People who eat Darkness', currently being use in his live shows, due to be released publicly soon. He also worked as writer and Concept artist for Ovosonios emotional award winning game 'Last Day of June'.

His inspirations include well known illustrators such as Arthur Rackam, Gustave Doré, Edward Gorey, Tony Wolf, John Vernon Lord and Shaun Tan and he finds endless inspiration from the Music of Tom Waits, a constant backdrop to his studio. Oehlers work has been exhibited in the U.K, Europe, America and Australia.



Brin Levinson

"Night Phase"

June 30th – August 4th, 2019

Opening Reception with the artist: Saturday, June 30th, 2018, 6-8pm

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Northport, NY– Haven Gallery is pleased to present "Night Phase", a solo exhibition of new paintings from Oregon based artist Brin Levinson. This will be Levinsons first solo show at the gallery and will feature a collection of ten new oil paintings. Known for his beautifully rendered artworks imbued with environmental presage and an emphasis on the animal kingdom, Levinson juxtaposes wildlife amidst urban decay. Ruins and echoes of humanity ring through abandoned alleyways and cityscapes as the persistence of life and a favorable destiny ring through the remnants of a past world. "Night Phase" also encapsulates an evolution of the artists visual journey as he depicts his sitters close up through direct portraits of their animal magnificence. The auras or souls of Levinson's portrayed sitters gallantly burst through his paintings via the artists strong chromatic approach through color and light further enhanced by dark backgrounds. The beauty and majesty of each one of these beings shines and echoes both their uniqueness and perseverance towards a confident future.

"At the heart of it, my imagery tells a story of nature reclaiming the world that humans have created...There is a common thread in this series of light coming out of darkness. I always attempt to balance my imagery with a hopeful and inspiring tone. The light and dark contrast represents a deeper version of that...Not only do they represent the victory of nature but also the miraculousness of life." - Brin Levinson


Cityscapes where nature has begun to reclaim dominance is a recurring theme in Brin Levinson's collection of paintings. Influenced by the streets of his home town in Portland, Oregon, the artist paints familiar landmarks into his work as the old buildings and water towers are manifested into a source of nostalgic inspiration. Moody atmospheric lighting completes his surreal portraits, forcing one to face a crumbling societal infrastructure in a speculative future.

Having started his creative ventures by painting urban landscapes, Levinson found his imagery to be lacking an element of life and began to add wild animals into the composites. This approach evolved organically over time, as he began to focus his artwork on the perseverance of nature, something he see as an optimistic outcome in the eventuality of this future dystopia he's imagined. Levinson's vivid reflections on the fragility of both the environment and our society pushes the surreal scenarios into one's immediate reality.