Chris Magadini’s Litchfield Hills Paintings Extend a Vibrant Tradition

Winter Sunlight New Preston, 24×36

The pretty rural towns of the Litchfield Hills have provided a haven for artists since the late 18thcentury, including painters and sculptors as famous as Cleve Gray, Jasper Johns, and Alexander Calder, as well as members of the vibrant Kent Art Colony in the first decades of the 1900s, and so many others.

Christopher Magadini, one of the finest landscape and plein-air painters in the Northeast, has a fondness for Litchfield County subjects, including New Preston and Kent (shown here).

Magadini, who lives in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., favors Contemporary Impressionism, while the pastoral quality of his work recalls the naturalism of 19th century landscape painting. He has even drawn from the language of abstraction to “create his own style where the power of nature to stir the human spirit becomes paramount,” as the artist’s website notes.

Gregory James Gallery represents the artist, who has an M.F.A. degree from Syracuse University and has taught at Marymount College in Tarrytown, and as a guest lecturer at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

To learn more, call the Gregory James Gallery at (860) 354-3436, or email gallery owner Greg Mullen at

Sue’s Birthday in Kent Village, 16×20



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