Desmond McRory

 DIRECTOR’S NOTE: On August 21, 2014, Desmond McRory’s, “Fog on Lower Creek” (shown left, painting 1) was chosen by the Moravian College’s Payne Gallery to become part of their permanent collection. Congratulations, Desmond! He wrote: “I’m fortunate to live along a creek that changes in character depending on the season and weather conditions, supplying many painting subjects. Early one fall morning fog descended on the creek bathing the landscape in a mist of subtle blues, greens, and purples. The dreamlike nature of the scene appealed to me and called for a painting.”

About Desmond McRory

Desmond McRory was first introduced to the Silverman Gallery as a guest artist in 2014 and has since become a favorite of our collectors. He considers himself to be a tonalist painter, simplifying his subject matter and setting the mood with an overall tone of colored atmosphere or mist, as seen in his recent Old Engine No. 40, New Hope Station.

Desmond McRory is a local artist, born in Bucks County and now living in Hunterdon County, NJ. He’s been painting for the past 30 years. He learned painting largely through self-study, which included visits to major museums in America and Europe. His recent works concentrate on the landscapes in and around Bucks and Hunterdon counties, but he is always open to experimenting with different styles and techniques garnered on his travels around the country and abroad.

In describing his style, he says, “I realized about six years ago that my heart is really at home in an artistic style that flourished about 100 years ago: tonalism. Many of the prominent Bucks County Impressionists began painting in a tonalist style. The father of the New Hope Art Colony, William Lathrop, never really completely abandoned that style. Tonalist painters attempt to capture the mood of scene without a great reliance on specific detail or saturated colors. There’s a spiritual sense to tonalist works that really appeals to me.”

Interviewed in March of 2014 by Bruce Gage and Joan Van der Veen on their weekly radio show, Desmond spoke of his journey as an artist and his premier exhibit, Break in the Wall:

“While studying in Europe, I bought a Eurail pass and a Youth Hostel pass and would spend my free time in art museums and galleries. In London’s Tate Museum I was drawn to the paintings of Joseph William Turner, noting how his style transformed from photo realistic to Impressionistic. I remember thinking “what is he seeing that I am not?”


Now showing through January 2017 – “Home for the Holidays” – Group Exhibition, Silverman Gallery

COMING MARCH 2017: Desmond McRory Solo Exhibition

  • Summer 2016:  American Summer at the Silverman Gallery
  • March 2016: Desmond McRory:  Surprise Destinations, Solo Exhibition at the Silverman Gallery. Desmond and his work proved to be a popular and welcome addition to the Silverman Gallery in 2014 and he kicked off the gallery’s exhibition schedule in 2016.
  • Summer 2015:  The Silverman Gallery at the Pennswood Village Art Gallery, Pennswood Village, Newtown, PA
  • Spring 2015: Desmond McRory:  Further Explorations, Solo Exhibition at the Silverman Gallery
  • Fall 2014: “Pennsylvania Impressionism, Then and Now” – The Silverman Gallery at Moravian College’s beautiful Payne Gallery in Bethlehem, PA. A group exhibition featuring the Payne’s fine collection of early Pennsylvania Impressionist art and selected works by seven of the finest artists working today in the tradition of the New Hope School. “Fog on Lower Creek” chosen to remain as part of the college’s permanent collection!
  • 2014 – New Art, New Artists, Group Exhibition, Silverman Gallery
  • 2014 – Break in the Wall, Premier Solo Exhibition at the Silverman Gallery
  • 2013 – Artsbridge 19th Anniversary Open Juried Show, winner of the Artsbridge Award for Painting in the Bucks County Tradition, sponsored by the Silverman Gallery (NOTE: This was where we first met Desmond!)

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