Contemporary painters Brett Scheifflee and Lana Purnell show twenty-eight paintings at the
String Room Gallery at Wells College.

Aurora, NY—The Wells College Visual Arts Department is pleased to announce the second exhibition of the 2009-2010 academic year, “Affinity” an exhibition of paintings by Brett Scheifflee and Lana Purnell. The show will be on display in Wells’ String Room Gallery (SRG) from October 21 through December 2. An opening reception, open to the public, will held from 6:00-8:00 on October 21.
“Affinity” is an exhibition of twenty-eight oil paintings by Brett Scheifflee and Lana Purnell. Their work focuses on consumer objects and they reinterpret the pop strategies of another generation by using intensive, gorgeously crafted layers of glazed oil to reveal singular consumer objects on often colorful fields. Their works seem, at the same time, to be cool and distanced yet hand-wrought in an academic, humanist tradition. String Room Gallery director William Ganis says, “We may think we know this kind of work because of earlier artists such as Sigmar Polke and Andy Warhol, but Scheifflee and Purnell bring an unexpected quality as they insert traditional techniques into a style that usually breaks painting conventions. As such, their work bridges the stylistic space between Dutch still-lifes and pop icons.
Brett Scheifflee and Lana Purnell have worked collaboratively since 2008. Born in Buffalo, NY, in 1986, Brett Scheifflee studied illustration and art history at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he recieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008. He has extensively studided the history and practices of oil painting and has subsequently devoted himself to fine arts. Brett is currently invloved with producing and showing independent and collaborative works, as well as painting and designing on commission.
Lana was born in Aurora, NY in 1986. She graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in 2008. She is enthusiastic about her diverse spectrum of influences and interests--from postmodern philosophy in art to graphic novels to techniques in classical painting.
Their work was recently exhibited as a part of the “Made in NY 2009” exhibition at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn.
The String Room Gallery is a center for the exhibition of contemporary art in the Finger Lakes of New York. It is located on the Wells College campus in the southwest corner on the first floor of the Main Building. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12 – 5 pm; and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. For more information about the show at Wells, please see the gallery’s website at or contact Professor Ganis at 315.364.3465.

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