Froelick Gallery is pleased to present our first solo exhibit by Benny Fountain. This body of work, Kitchen Paintings, is an exercise in dedication to one setting and a revelation of the value of honed focus. Fountain’s choice of a seemingly banal domestic view is reflective of his belief that the mundane can contain endlessly satisfying visual experiences. He distills surfaces to sun or shadow-washed fields of fluid, earthen hues while peopling countertops and cupboards with vibrantly colored objects- thermoses, decanters, teakettles- that shine with bright points of reflected light. In a subseries within this exhibit are a number of paintings titled Heating Water. In these, Fountain depicts the light of a stove top as a striking ice-blue haze; a small, mesmerizing stroke that emanates a palpable white heat. In his view, the act of painting is a form of play and exploration; a sloughing off of the anxiety, distraction and fatigue of the everyday; a lucid time in which the world presents itself in its truer form, ready to be captured by the artist.