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Almond continues the “Artists & Writers” series on Monday, March 13th at 7 p.m. featuring artists George Negroponte and Virva Hinnemo. A three-course family style meal will be served with one glass of wine or draft beer for $59 plus gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant directly at 631-537-5665.



George Negroponte was born in New York City in 1953. He studied art at Yale University with Bernard Chaet and William Bailey. Since 1980 he has had eighteen one-person shows at numerous galleries: Brooke Alexander Gallery, John Good, Jason McCoy Inc., Kouros Gallery in New York City, and P37 and Skoufa Gallery in Athens, Greece. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions at galleries and museums around the world including The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He has been reviewed by every major art periodical including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, The New Yorker, ARTnews and The New Criterion. He has taught painting and drawing for over two decades at The Studio School, Parsons School of Design, The School of Visual Arts and Princeton University. He has organized several shows including On Line at Feigen Contemporary in 2003, Drawing in The Present Tense at Parsons School of Design in 2000 and Bernard Chaet at the Studio School in 1997. He has also written on many contemporary artists. He was Co-Chairman of The Board of The Drawing Center from 1997-2002 and was appointed the first President of the institution in 2002.  His involvement with The Drawing Center spanned three decades. George Negroponte and his wife Virva Hinnemo moved to Springs, Long Island in May of 2012. Mr. Negroponte works as a fundraising consultant with several non-profit organizations in NYC and makes art in his studio in East Hampton, NY.



My work has always been grounded by perception and for many years I worked from life.  While my work has become more abstract, I still feel that strong connection to all things real. I don’t paint from life anymore but the memory of working with those kinds of elements feels very much alive. My mind sifts through all kinds of familiar associations fueling the work with a lighter subject some of the time and with more weight at other times. I’m driven to make something that can stand on its’ own. Using my hands to make things has always struck me as constructive. To this day I devote pleasurable time making a variety of things/objects that are useful in my life and to my family. But painting is different and occupies another kind of space in my mind. Joy, disappointment, agony, determination, willfulness all wrapped up in the minutes and hours. My paintings, whether they’re made on paper, cardboard, canvas or linen all share the same need to be fresh, surprising, inventive and bold. Every time I go into the studio I want to learn something. See something. Get clued in.