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Photo by Barbaraellen Koch | Jamesport artist Charles Wildbank at work on 'Hot Wave,' a painting from a previous exhibit.
Photo by Barbaraellen Koch | Artist Charles Wildbank at work on ‘Hot Wave,’ a painting from a previous exhibit.

This Friday, July 5, there will be an opening reception for artist Charles Bourke Wildbank’s new show “The East Enders” at the Barn Gallery of Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport. The exhibit features portraits that are photorealistic paintings of all different kinds of people that Wildbank believes depict the humanity he has observed in the world of the East End of Long Island.

Wildbank first experienced the East End in the late 1970s when he visited Westhampton Beach. Since then he has continued to paint and exhibit his art in the area.

This solo exhibition will highlight the unveiling of his recent work entitled, “Wounded Soldier.” The portrait shows a young American soldier after he was hit by mortar fire in his leg in Afghanistan. In the painting, Wildbank focuses on capturing the look of severe pain in the man’s face rather than showing the wound.

Other portraits show people like a sleeping infant, a dreadlocked farmer, and a young girl attempting a bubblegum challenge. Portraits of specifically named East Enders include Yoga Master Rodney Yee of Sag Harbor and art dealer/surfer Tripoli Patterson of Southampton.

The exhibition opening will be this Friday, July 5. The reception is from noon to 9 p.m. in Jedediah Hawkins Inn Gallery in the Barn on 400 South Jamesport Avenue. The unveiling of the “Wounded Soldier” painting begins at 5 p.m. Refreshments are served from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show runs through August 15, 2013.

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