Victoria Design Studio & Gallery
Victoria Design Studio & Gallery

Victoria York Art Now at Phidias Gallery, NY

Phidias Art Gallery, New York announces addition of Victoria York a highly recognized, highly sought after artist.

Schenectady, NY, August 05, 2005 --( Victoria York Newest Artist at Phidias Art Gallery:Brings a Bracing Sense of Impressionistic Painting.

Phidias Art Gallery, Schenectady, New York’s only full service fine arts gallery, located at 166 Jay Street in downtown Schenectady, along the pedestrian promenade, is delighted to announce the addition of Victoria York as the newest artist to its stable. York a resident of Bridgewater, NJ is a highly recognized impressionist artist producing some of the most bracing and highly sought after impressionistic landscapes and seascapes on the market today.

York originally studied traditional realism and quickly became adept at it, expressing her “intimate self” through her work. Her juxtaposition of vivid colors, nuances of movement with the interplay of reflectivity and the depths of shadows separate her impressionistic landscapes and seascapes from many artists, a style that has garnered her much popularity. She originally started using exceptional large canvases painting small varieties of flowers, utilizing the same technique she has steadily refined.

Says York, “I enjoy bring a contemporary interpretation to classic art concepts.” “I love to paint the places I have seen, but I also like to paint the way I felt that day,” she added. Proud of her Italian heritage, York has used many images of her family’s vineyard estates to fill her canvases. According to one newspaper, “Most notably, her [York’s] paintings of Italian landscapes, and isle of Ischia off the Italian mainland…show her ability to transform classic scenes into contemporary art.”

York’s father was an amateur painter who had the greatest impact on her career as a painter. As she tells it, he one day just told her she need to use her creative ability at painting, quick her New York City professional career, and become a full-time painter. Unfortunately, her father passed away in 2002 before he could fully realize the success she maintains today. Another newspaper put it this way, “…York employs bold color strategies in evoking a powerful and dynamic sense of presence in her canvases.”

Phidias Art Gallery in located in the heart of the Capital Region of upstate New York, including Albany, New York’s capital, Schenectady, Troy and Saratoga Springs (home of the international racing season in July and August and the summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPA). The gallery Phidias represents over 30 artists from the local and regional area, across the country, and as well as from Spain, Mexico and the Ukraine. The gallery’s inventory includes paintings in all mediums, signed, limited-edition, signed prints, lithographs and serigraphs, photography, bronze and other metal sculpture, assemblages, emerging art forms and artistically designed one-of-a-kind jewelry and glassware.

Gallery director and owner, Lawrence Elliott, attended Yale University where he received his BA and PhD in English. He lives in the Historic Stockade along the Mohawk River, as well as time in his Columbia County 1824 house, also in upstate and two-weeks every year at his cottage in Costa Rica, with his 12-year-old son, Christovo. Elliott and has a long history and personal investment in the arts, having owned former galleries, and served on the boards of directors of both the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the Fulton Street Gallery in Troy, the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford Connecticut, as well as numbers historical councils. Elliott brings a wealth of experience having written extensively as an arts critic for newspapers and magazines, and serving as both curator and juror for many retrospective and one-person or group shows.

Elliott’s passion for art began at the early age of eight when he purchased his first piece of art, persuading his father that he’d give up all his allowance money if he could buy it. “I remember the piece as painted on glass, a process that completely amazed me as the artist had to paint in reverse, starting with the minute details of the eyes and lasses and the pull out the entire painting.” Today Elliott’s personal collection is well into the hundreds.

Says Elliott, “I think the most important opportunity at a gallery standpoint is offering the delivery of added-value service, providing our clients with a full range of services; from appraisals, cleaning and restorations of works, at-home art design, framing and personalized buying for private individuals, small businesses and corporations.” The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 11 AM until 6 PM each day, as well for appointments anytime and when special events take place downtown or historic Proctors Theatre is staging an event. The gallery can be reached at 518.372.5509, its email address is and its e-commerce website is

Phidias Art Gallery
Lawrence Elliott, PhD
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