For Christopher Coyle and may of his students at Belvidere High School, art is more than just a love – it’s a passion!
Coyle, who teaches art, is showcasing his work, as well as three of his students, this month at Warren County Community College. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular college hours, in the Second Floor Art Gallery.
The exhibition, which opened on Nov. 1, will remain open through the end of November.
The show features three of Coyle’s large “Rockscape” paintings. He notes that they are in the tradition of the heroic landscape paintings of Albert Bierstadt.
“I would describe them as Albert Bierstadt channeled through Cezanne,” Coyle said. “They are large realistic landscape paintings. Oil on Canvas and linen. Two are recent paintings that date 2016 and 2017 and an older painting that dates from 2010. I had an epiphany and leap in the quality of the color and composition that will be clear when you compare the older to the recent work.”
Coyle has been making the landscape paintings for 20 years. He graduated from Rutgers and got his MA from Kean University in 2010. He also studied a number of years at the Arts Students League in New York City.
In addition, Coyle has also included in the exhibit the works of three senior Belvidere High School Students. Nicole Rosano, Patricia Woodworth and Gabby Ayers.
“I have included them because of their excellent quality of work,” said Coyle, who has been teaching all three students for all four years of high school.
WCCC is located on Route 57 in Washington Township. For more information about WCCC, or directions, visit www.warren.edu.