“Hopper is a very big influence,” says painter Travis Radcliffe. In his own work, “there are a lot of pieces that are kind of peering into the subject’s mind while they’re in a contemplative state.”
Radcliffe, who’s 27, grew up in Tinton Falls, graduated from Brookdale and went on to get a BFA at Rutgers Newark. He now lives in Ocean Township and, until he can paint full-time, is a bartender at Merrimakers in Sea Bright.
He’s got a show on the walls currently at Echo, just a few blocks east of the Monmouth Street facade shown above.
Most of Radcliffe’s stuff is in the realistic mode, he tells redbankgreen, but just shy of photorealism, and two-thirds of the 18 pictures in the exhibit reflect that. But there are also some color studies and a collage.
We’re curious to see how much Hopper might be found in his other works. Vermeer, too; Radcliffe says he’s also helped shape his approach.
The show’s up until June 30. Stop in, grab a cold beverage, and check it out.