"Art, for me, is the narration on canvas of everyday life experiences." -Roberto Bernardi, Photorealist painter

Roberto Bernardi - "Le Due Luci"


Photorealists Jack Mendenhall, Robert Gniewek, Yigal Ozeri, David Parrish, Ben Schonzeit, and Rod Penner transport us to majestic sceneries that are hyperreal while simultaneously dreamlike. Evoking memory and imagination while remaining uncannily real, these paintings invite us to contemplate, drawing upon our own unique experiences.

Jack Mendenhall - Twilight at Kapalua

Robert Gniewek - Majestic Grill #5

Yigal Ozeri - Untitled; Garden of the Gods

David Parrish - Ferris Wheel

Ben Schonzeit - Ammoudi

Rod Penner - House with Yellow Toy


Automobiles and motorcycles have long played important roles in our daily lives. Whether fueling a collector’s passion, empowering an individual’s freedom, or simply transporting people from place to place, vehicles maintain their longstanding importance in society. Automobiles and motorcycles have been, since the beginning of the movement, significant iconic subjects of Photorealist artists. 

Esteemed Photorealists Elizabeth Patterson, John Baeder, Cheryl Kelley, Tom Blackwell, Randy Dudley, John Salt, and Ralph Goings pay homage to the vehicle’s place in our lives.

Elizabeth Patterson - "Sepulveda Blvd, 5PM"

John Baeder - "Club Charm, Paterson, NJ"

Cheryl Kelley - "Red and Grey Delahaye"

Tom Blackwell - "Red Lightning"

John Salt - "Garage with White Sedan"

Randy Dudley - "Desert Tramline"

Ralph Goings - "Gem Top"


MAY 12 – JULY 11, 2014

The Photorealist movement transforms the expressive and disciplined study of photographic imagery into highly detailed works of art. Since the 1970s, practitioners of the style have painted, drawn, and sculpted contemporary scenes with articulations of light playing across diverse surfaces: urban and suburban landscapes, the polished exteriors of automobiles or toys, appetizing scenes of food and drink, and the reflective windows and surfaces of seemingly familiar places. Photorealism developed in part as a reaction against the abstraction prevalent in modernist movements. Using their highly refined technical skills, often tricking the viewer (is this a photograph or is it a painting?), the Photorealists successfully tap into one’s emotions by recreating the atmosphere of a specific time and place. Memory is a key component of one’s experience with a Photorealistic work. The possibility of rekindling childhood images or nostalgia is likely, both consciously and subconsciously. 

To some critics, the Photorealists may appear to merely recreate these photographic images into technically obsessive paintings, when in fact the works are acute expressions of the human experience, capturing precious and elusive moments in time. The Photorealists have the ability to take the common, the banal, and often ignored daily routines and to recognize and memorialize these scenes for posterity. In this realm of artwork, the ordinary transforms into the extraordinary. 

Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art is pleased to present an extraordinary group of revered and influential American and European Photorealists: Linda BaconJohn Baeder,Luigi BenedicentiRoberto BernardiTom BlackwellRobert BechtleCharles BellPedro CaceresRobert CottinghamRandy DudleyRichard EstesRobert GniewekRalph GoingsGus HeinzeDon JacotCheryl KelleyRonald KleemannJack MendenhallBertrand MenielSharon MoodyYigal OzeriDavid ParrishElizabeth PattersonRod PennerDavid PfannerstillJohn Salt, and Ben Schonzeit.

Photorealism: The Everyday Illuminated will be on exhibit through July 11, 2014.

For more information, click here to see the gallery website.