Press Release: Sally King Benedict | Through Ocean Eyes

Sally King Benedict abstract art




Sally King Benedict: Through Ocean Eyes

August 10 – August 30, 2017

Artist Reception: Saturday, August 12 from 5 to 7 PM


Quogue, N.Y., August 3, 2017.  The next exhibition at the Quogue Gallery will be the exciting local debut of a wide range of work by the rising young talent Sally King Benedict. “Through Ocean Eyes” will feature her mixed-media paintings, works on paper and hand-painted ceramics. The exhibition will be on view from August 10 to August 30, 2017, with an opening reception scheduled on August 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. A generous sampling of Benedict’s versatility, it features eight paintings, four ink drawings on paper, and a group of ceramic plates and platters.


“By the Bays Beach,” 2017, Mixed Media on Canvas, 50” x 40”


The keynote for the exhibition is set by a light-filled painting that puts summer on the canvas: Brimming with pictorial incident and the pleasures of coastal life, By the Bays Beach is a tour de force of painterly evocation, from the rippling waves to the sun-filled windows that, like her ink drawings, recall Matisse at his most joyous, when painting along the Cote d’Azur during the height of the fashionable season. In a similar way, the jaunty graphic confidence of Benedict’s brushwork on the ceramics recalls Picasso’s happy period, not far away in the same part of France, when he was working with master potters. Benedict’s work often engages in fascinating dialogue with the masters of Modern art history. For example, the sweeping gestures and calligraphic drips of Going Light and Bright draw on the repertoire of Abstract Expressionism while adding some of the vibrant palette of such color virtuosi as Helen Frankenthaler and Hans Hoffmann.


“Going Light and Bright,” 2017, Mixed Media on Canvas, 80” x 74”.


Sally King Benedict lives and works in Atlanta. Her ardent following among critics and collectors has led to her work being featured in major publications, including Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Domino, and Southern Living among others.  Benedict’s studio practice combines a feel for visual texture with a rich, adventurous palette and draftsmanship that takes full advantage of her expressive linear technique. She grew up in Atlanta, frequently traveling and attending art openings, exhibits, and design shows, seeking inspiration from the work of both past and contemporary artists. She earned her BA in studio art at the College of Charleston in 2007.




As Quogue’s first and only private art gallery, the Quogue Gallery is a dynamic space in the Hamptons where artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts can meet and share their common passion for serious artistic investigation and appreciation. The gallery’s mission is to present a program of artistic excellence not limited to any genre or medium. Its focus is on modern and contemporary art created by emerging, established, and historically important artists. An essential aspect of the mission is to establish the gallery as an active, vibrant, and inventive participant in the Hamptons art panorama, with artist talks and events that significantly contribute to the modern and contemporary art discourse.


Quogue Gallery is at 44 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY 11959.