The Belles Heures gouaches are based on patterns in the medieval book of hours, Les Belles Heures de Jean, Duc de Berry. This manuscript, illuminated by the Limbourg brothers in the early 1400s, was on exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Spring of 2010, and I went to study it often. I was especially impressed by the complicated, dazzling patterns filling the backgrounds of many images -- in the place of, say, a blue sky -- so these patterns became my subject in these artworks. The images range in size from 4 x 6 inches to 9 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches (the exact dimensions of the original manuscript pages).
A Belles Heures exhibition took place at the Danese Gallery (New York) in November-December 2010. Individual drawings were also shown at invitational benefit auctions at The Kitchen (New York) and Barbara Krakow Gallery (Boston), and at the 2011 Visual AIDS benefit auction at CRG Gallery (New York). Works are held in private collections in New York, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, as well as in Wynn Kramarsky’s collection at the Fifth Floor Foundation (New York).