New York's Emerging Artist Laurance Rassin

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Langham & Company along with Sotheby’s Associate Barbara Cates will host a cocktail exhibition, opening night Thursday May 18th 6pm to 9pm at 153 East 60th Street between 3rd Ave. and Lexington, on view until June 1st.

Laurance Rassin has dedicated his life to working religiously on his art. Rassin devotes nearly twenty hours a day to painting, and rarely ever leaves his Greenwich Village studio. His efforts have been received with applause and recognition as “the next great wave of contemporary Expressionism”. Langham & Company along with Sotheby’s Associate Barbara Cates will host a cocktail exhibition, opening night Thursday May 18th 6pm to 9pm at 153 East 60th Street between 3rd Ave. and Lexington, on view until June 1st. What sets Rassin apart is his ability to create an overarching narrative throughout his over 400 completed works. Each newly constructed piece is a part of the entire series. His lively paintings vary from interior scenes to large scale figurative work, all of which are scrupulously textured sometimes exceeding 50 layers of oil and composed of vivid colors. Auctioneers, private collectors and universities have likened his work to that of Dubuffet, Picasso, and Matisse, all of whom he credits with influencing his profound art.

“Laurance’s work is extremely original, full of color, imagination and energy. I’ve had a lot of experience and exposure to the art world and I’m charmed by Laurance’s art. Someday we will be selling him at Sotheby’s.”

Barbara Cates - Associate Sotheby’s

"Laurance Rassin is without question a natural painter whose lifeblood appears to be oil paint. He attacks the canvas with an energy and gusto that is completely winning - no timidity or fear of the great white space here! This exuberance, together with the extraordinary narratives that he weaves, has resulted in a remarkable body of work. One rarely describes paintings as 'exciting' - but these are and his future as an artist even more so."

Alasdair Nichol - Senior Vice President, Freeman's Philadelphia

"I travel the globe in search of the most important twentieth century masterworks for my Paris galerie, list of private collectors, and museums. Given this, it's rare that I get a chance to see emerging art, but when do; I am constantly reminded of how little I care for it. Yet, there is one American artist that I have met that breaks clean from this often banal scene, his name is Laurance Rassin. His canvases are the best combination of old and new school; the next wave of great contemporary expressionism."

Laurent de Pass - Galerie Du XXe Siecle

An expressionist by design Rassin paints from his collective unconscious rather than from memory or a visual interpretation, “It makes things tougher to create, but ultimately far more rewarding. I am the sum total of everything I read, see and hear”, says the self taught painter. “Painting allows me to tap into a primal way of seeing the world, the world not as we wish it to be, but rather the world we make it.” Rassin’s energy has afforded him an idyllic approach to painting. “My color choices are depicted in iridescent shades of chunky texture that at some distance tell a story.” An award winning short filmmaker, lead singer of the band The Jones Patrol and director of an animated series based on his paintings, Rassin continues to amaze us with his creativity, taking New York by storm… one color at a time.

Laurance’s work is in the private collections of:

David Redden - Vice Chair Sotheby’s

Richard Keith Langham-NY interior Designer

Barbara Cates - Associate Sotheby’s

Ted Kenney - Producer - MTV real world

Michael la Rocca - NY interior designer

Jack Kelly and Partners - Design Consulting

Alasdair Nichol - PBS antique road show appraiser

Contact:

Elizabeth Derringer

212-580-2743

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