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Thompson Beverly Hills opens new art show by Pamela Sztybel

From June 20th through June 27th, the works of Pamela Sztybel will debut in a pop-up solo exhibition at Thompson Beverly Hills (9360 Wilshire Blvd.), sponsored by The Committee, the New York-based cultural programming organization.

Thompson Hotels describes Sztybel as “a landscape painter currently living in New York City and Bridgewater, Connecticut. She was trained as a figurative painter in the academic manner.  Her subtle, abstract images, portraying sites in New England and Europe, carry on the American Tonalist tradition.

“Like the Tonalists, Szytbel uses drawings and photographs only as aides-de-memoir. Her influences include the art of Camille Corot, Giorgio Morandi, John Twachtman, William Merritt Chase, and the American Tonalists–in particular the late canvases of George Inness.

“Working in oils-on-paper and linen, she “abstracts” her works to their most elemental shapes. An admirer of Sztybel’s art, the noted landscape painter Wolf Kahn remarks: ‘She uses a restricted range of color, which allows her to exercise exact tonal control. She has an innate sense of beauty, together with a fine touch of the brush.’”

Founded in 2012, The Committee is a members-only group of cultural programmers focused on producing experiences for New York City’s arts community.