Review in The Washington Post
By Mark Jenkins, Published: November 9, 2014

Neptune Fine Art’s current group show, “Out of Bounds,” is gloriously unseasonal. As winter begins to bluster outdoors, summer colors are sweeping and whirling through the Georgetown gallery. Although Neptune often shows prints, a few of which are included here, this is primarily a painting show, and despite the freewheeling quality of the paintings, many of them betray the influence of printmaking in their formal precision and careful composition.

Erick Johnson’s elegant abstractions, for example, look a bit like screenprints. The effect comes from layering colors, sanding them down and then layering again, so they’re raked like gravel in a Zen garden. The New York artist juxtaposes blocks of bright and muted hues, straight-edged on as many as three sides but fluid where they sweep off the canvas. Johnson’s graceful oils focus on a seam where several color fields meet. His other works include gouaches on paper, which are built, less gracefully but no less vividly, around a central rectangle.

Even more hard-edged are Bill Schmidt’s gouaches, in which straight or angular lines are pitted against hazy blues, grays and tans, and Jennifer Riley’s oils, in which areas of pure color are placed inside precisely rendered but eccentrically shaped outlines. Such Riley works as “Bridgit’s Valley” have the brightness of pop art but also resemble stained glass.

Among the softer works are Elizabeth Enders’s almost calligraphic oils, made with thick-lined gestures on white paper, and Ying Li’s heavily impastoed oils, hinting at mountain landscapes and painted in a Swiss resort town. Michael Weiss also works in oil, although paintings such as “Parley,” in lovely shades of aqua and blue, have an oceanic quality redolent of water-diluted pigments. With its bubbly shapes and swirling white lines, the picture is as immersive as the view from the bottom of a translucent lake. The Baltimore artist’s “Extractor” is equally fluid, but the work is more of an abstracted floral.

Of the several prints in the show, the main event is James Siena’s “Forty-Six Combs.” With its tightly interlocked forms printed in 33 colors, the piece, which is more than five feet high, is a formidable example of painters’ and printmakers’ desires to press beyond the bounds of each other’s crafts.

Neptune Fine Art presents: OUT OF BOUNDS
Opening reception: October 10, 2014 from 6 - 8 pm
DATES: October 10 - November 29, 2014

Neptune Fine Art is pleased to present a group exhibition of contemporary abstraction – featuring nine American artists in diverse media with independent and exciting visions. Each artist reflects unique artistic and cultural influences departing from representation to explore and explode – color, line, form and composition.

The artists in this exhibition are greatly admired for their single-minded and steadfast passion by pushing the boundaries of their fine art practice. Diverse, expressionistic, exaggerated, linear, geometric, timeless, and lyrical – are just a few adjectives to describe this bold and vibrant selection. Artists include: Elizabeth Enders, Erick Johnson, Ying Li, Jennifer Riley, David Row, Bill Schmidt, James Siena, Allan Tarantino, Michael Weiss

Booth #113
Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
November 6-9, 2014

RAYA BODNARCHUK: Bronze Sculpture
DATES: September 12 - October 10, 2014

Raya Bodnarchuk is an extraordinary American sculptor and Neptune Fine Art is pleased to present her bronze sculptures this autumn. Raya is known for her clean lines, and modernist compositions with a contemporary, yet sensitive twist. Her works are included in included in prestigious collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Institute of Health, and many more.

Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill
DATE: September 12, 2014

The Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill invite you to our FALL ART WALK: Friday, September 12, 2014 from 6 - 8 pm. Nine galleries will host an evening stroll and launch their fine art exhibitions in the most beautiful part of Washington, DC. Add to your collection and please join us for a night of art, fun, and refreshments.

Galleries gathering again in once arty Georgetown
The Washington Post
By Mark Jenkins, Published: August 9, 2014


Robert Brown and Christine Neptune, have worked to organize the area’s galleries. He and Neptune started a Web site,, printed a brochure and helped organize twice-a-year joint openings. “I’ve actually had a couple of inquiries from other galleries about moving to this area,” Brown adds.

Neptune, who operated a gallery in Manhattan for 30 years, was new to Washington. “It’s nice for me, coming from New York, where there were 500 galleries. It’s nice to be part of a small community. Because you can actually do something that makes a difference,” she says.

Review in The Washington Post
By Mark Jenkins, Published: July 27, 2014

"Summer Splash III," Robert Brown Gallery and Neptune Fine Art’s slow-season group show, hasn’t entirely supplanted Brown’s former exhibition of work by Oleg Kudryashov. Some of the Russian artist’s complex prints and paper constructions remain on display, along with mostly familiar (and largely on-paper) pieces by Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, William Kentridge and Helen Frankenthaler. Among "Splash’s" standouts are Chuck Close’s eerily intimate screenprint portrait of Philip Glass, Foon Sham’s small, undulating cones of interlocking wooden pieces and a set of Ingrid Calame etchings whose complementary-color patterns are intricate yet open.

In the back yard, Neptune is showing "Straight from the Studio," new sculpture by Jeff Chyatte, who works in aluminum. Some consist of maze-like patterns, while others stack off-balance blocks in seeming defiance of gravity. Although the bold geometric shapes demand attention, it’s the detail that holds it. The local sculptor, who does all his own metal work, welds the pieces together seamlessly and buffs curlicue patterns into the metal planes. The delicate motifs provide an intriguing contrast to the sculpture’s burly forms.

Review in The Washington Post
By Mark Jenkins, Published: May 3, 2014

Jimmy Miracle, a few of whose “Yantras” are on display in the space Neptune Fine Art shares with Robert Brown Gallery, arranges filaments inside containers; these webs conjure shimmering interior spaces whose depths are hard to gauge. The D.C. artist’s work includes some new elements, notably multicolored thread that yields even more complex optical effects. Miracle hasn’t forgotten about the outside, however. “Octagon” is framed by eight slats of charred wood, and “Silver Box” is covered in metallic leaf. In Hinduism, a yantra is an abstract symbol used for meditation and worship. Miracle’s “Yantras” still aren’t as colorful as Hindu ones, but they’re getting more sumptuous.

JEFF CHYATTE: Straight from the Studio
Sculpture Garden
DATES: May 2 - July 19, 2014 (EXTENDED through August 9, 2014)

The latest five outdoor sculptures from the studio of Jeff Chyatte is currently on view in the gallery sculpture garden. These incredibly precise geometric aluminum totems merge the systems of our tech generation with complicated engineering of a fine craftsman. Welded by hand in aluminum and polished to perfection, each one rises from the garden with complex majesty. Chyatte, with an extensive background in math and science, expresses his ideas through his sculpture with thoughts of permanency in our society of transient social media.

Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill
DATE: May 2, 2014

The Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill invite you to our SPRING SEASON ART WALK: Friday, May 2, 2014 from 6 - 8 pm. Each of the galleries will host an evening stroll, and launch spring fine art exhibitions in the most beautiful part of the city. Start your collection and join us for a night of art, fun, and refreshments.

Project Room
DATES: March 22 - May 10, 2014

Jimmy Miracle's new body of works entitled Yantras refer to diagrams often used in meditation, sometimes said to possess mystical or magical powers. Miracle's sculptures are composed of simple geometric shapes organized to form complex diagram of symbols. Through the use of repetition and accumulation of ordinary objects and materials, Miracle approaches Yantras with philosophical questions of spiritual aspiration and knowledge.

DATES: February 14 - March 1, 2014

Neptune Fine Art and Robert Brown Gallery are excited to host an exhibition and silent auction with a Valentine's Day kick-off opening reception on Friday, February 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. This special event will feature over 40 prints, drawings and Chinese antiques with opening bids starting at $250. Artists include Jennifer Bartlett, Mel Bochner, Chuck Close, William Kentridge, Robert Longo, Donald Sultan and many more. Each auction item has an estimated value and buy now option.

WOLF KAHN: Printmaking with Line and Color, Editions and Monotypes
Review in The Washington Post
By Mark Jenkins, Published: January 3, 2014

Landscape maestro Wolf Kahn, a German-born artist who fled the Nazis as a child and arrived in the United States in 1940, is best known as a painter whose realism is informed by color-field abstraction. But of the current paired Kahn exhibitions, oils and pastels at Addison/Ripley Fine Art and prints at Neptune Fine Art, it’s the print selection that shows him at his most assured.

The artist has employed various printmaking techniques, including drypoint, etching and aquatint. The show’s oldest items, two cross­hatched 1969 images of barns, are lithographs. Many of the pictures are monotypes, drawn directly on a plate and printed a single time. These have a soft texture akin to pastel, which Kahn also used to finish "Mount Pinatubo," a lithograph that depicts the Philippines volcano in suitably igneous tones. Kahn usually paints scenes closer to his New England home, and he doesn’t need brash colors to hold the eye. "Springfield Memorial Bridge" is black and white, and more precisely rendered than the color pieces. And one of the show’s marvels is "How Low the Mighty Have Fallen," a lithograph of lavender tree trunks — all but one upright — against a pale-green field. The spring-like colors are hardly literal, but the sense of a hushed, moist forest is altogether real.

Neptune Fine Art presents WOLF KAHN: Printmaking with Line and Color, Editions and Monotypes
November 21, 2013 - (new extended date) January 25, 2014

Spanning 40 years, from 1969 to 2010, this exhibition of monotypes, screenprints, etchings and lithographs reveals the scope and skill of Kahn's ability as a master printmaker. The artist perfectly renders his beloved American locations and defines the landscape with his tonalist color and sure line. He seamlessly blends observation and invention, capturing seasonal changes and fleeting moments while working on press. This exhibition features early Kahn lithographs, produced with Picasso’s printer Mourlot in 1969 and his vibrant monotypes. Focusing on composition and atmosphere, he uses printmaking to form layers of space and build complex compositions. In his monotypes, Kahn allows for spontaneity and chance as he works directly on a steel plate and then transfers the image to a single sheet under the pressure of an etching press to create a unique work on paper.

New York City at The Park Avenue Armory
November 7-10, 2013 with Robert Brown Gallery

Neptune Fine Art presents Objects of Desire
Review in The Washington Post
By Mark Jenkins, Published: October 27, 2013

There are a few prints and drawings, Neptune Fine Art’s speciality, in its current show, Objects of Desire. But much of the art, even if affixed to the walls, is three-dimensional. Several of the works on paper, such as Foon Sham’s Shelter with Ladders, also depict structures or sculptures. Elegant simplicity links such wall pieces as Tazuko Ichikawa’s Two (Blue), a tight curve of painted wood, with larger objects such as Will Clift’s Two Round Forms, Stacked, which stands in the gallery’s courtyard. These works share essential qualities with Laurel Lukaszewski’s Nighttime, a tangle of hanging stoneware arcs, and Wendy Ross’s Millefiore, a suspended globe made of vine-like steel strands. All seem to be drawing in space, and all use hard substances to airy effect. A similar delicacy characterizes even the more solid objects, including Raya Bodnarchuk’s streamlined Bronze Cat. Others that seem heavy and light at the same time are Ross’s Bud, assembled from punched-steel lozenges; Ichikawa’s Interruption, a ruffled slab of wax atop a block of wood; and Lukaszewski’s Hanabi, a set of five explosive stoneware bursts. Its Japanese title means “fireworks,” or, literally, “fire flowers” — a linguistic juxtaposition that befits this show of splendidly contrasting forms and materials.

The Washington Post selects OBJECTS OF DESIRE one of the BEST gallery exhibits this fall!
Editors' Pick: Mark Jenkins, published September 8, 2013

Neptune Fine Art presents OBJECTS OF DESIRE: A celebration of contemporary artists and the extraordinary works they create!
September 18th - EXTENDED until November 2nd, 2013

Featuring ten established artists, this meticulously curated exhibition is a glimpse into the remarkable work of these gifted and highly respected artists: William Adair, Raya Bodnarchuk, Jeff Chyatte, Will Clift, Tazuko Ichikawa, Elaine Langerman, Laurel Lukaszewski, Jimmy Miracle, Wendy Ross and Foon Sham. The exhibited works delve into a wide variety of media reflecting each artist’s finely honed talent, producing exquisite sculpture, editions and drawings. Sculptures in steel, bronze, aluminum, wood, and wax; porcelain wall reliefs, and intricate silver point drawings combine to fill this unique townhouse gallery in the Book Hill section of Georgetown. All collectors and the curious are welcome to join us at the opening reception on Friday, September 20th from 6-8pm to celebrate and meet the artists!

Neptune Fine Art featured in luxe. interiors + design magazine
Volume 11 Issue 3, Summer 2013

Expert Opinion: The charming exterior of Georgetown's Neptune Fine Art may be the initial draw for the casual passerby, but once inside, you'll discover works by some of the world's most renowned artists like Henri Matisse. Gallery owner Christine Neptune is committed to walking buyers through the process of investing in art - from providing expertise on authentication and condition to recommending framing options.

Neptune Fine Art presents Summer Splash II
Review in The Washington Post
By Mark Jenkins, Published: July 14, 2013

There are familiar names and images in “Summer Splash II,” which includes pieces shown recently by Robert Brown Gallery or Neptune Fine Art, the two galleries that share a townhouse and this combined show. Picasso, Braque and Matisse are the superstars in the selection, mostly of prints but with paintings, photographs and sculpture as well. Brown is also showing a few Chinese advertising posters from the early 20th century that promote products both ordinary (Sun-Maid Raisins) and baffling (Dr. Williams Pink Pills for Pale People). Their style melds art deco and traditional Chinese illustration so deftly that the results are not merely quaint.

While most of these are works on paper, a few boast a scale more often associated with paintings. Two Fifo Stricker watercolors depict impossibly stacked piles of books, each more than four feet high; they’re dazzlingly precise for watercolor, which is usually employed for more impressionistic effects. Nearby is the much looser “Bahamas,” Jennifer Bartlett’s pastel triptych of ocean, sky and palms, whose vigorous cross¬hatching suggests turbulent weather. The most towering work is William Kent¬ridge’s seven-foot-high “Telephone Lady,” rendering a surrealist phone-headed woman in sumptuous black and white.

Works by mid-century modernists reveal various lesser-known aspects of their styles. Helen Frankenthaler’s “Flirt,” a 1995 screenprint, resembles the color-field canvases for which she’s known but also traditional Chinese ink paintings. Along with Ellsworth Kelly’s simple outline prints of fruits and flowers is “Blue, Yellow, Red,” a lithograph that arrays the three primary colors in unexpected proportions. Whether working with line or color, Kelly shows a born printmaker’s gift for finding the essential image.

IMPRESSED: Contemporary Editions by Masters of Line, Color, and Composition
February 13 - March 31, 2013 at Neptune Fine Art
Featuring: Jennifer Bartlett, Mel Bochner, Willem Boshoff, Wolf Kahn, Ellsworth Kelly, William Kentridge, Oleg Kudryashov, Bridget Riley and Ed Ruscha.

The Washington Post selects Neptune Fine Art for the TOP TEN LIST OF GALLERY EXHIBITIONS in 2012!
From: Washington’s best art gallery shows of 2012
By Mark Jenkins, Published: December 7

New York City at The Park Avenue Armory
November 1-4, 2012 with Robert Brown Gallery

Picasso & Matisse: Models & Muses 1906-1956
April 21 - May 25, 2012 at Neptune Fine Art

The principal theme of this print show, unsurprisingly, was the female form, generally undraped. But the selection of mostly black-and-white works by two modern masters known for color was also a celebration of line, supple and straightforward. The simplest Matisses conveyed their subjects with just a few strokes, while the Picassos employed multiple styles in a single piece. Either way, not a gesture was superfluous.

DATES: September 14 -October 20, 2012

Neptune Fine Art invites you to a group exhibition of American Artists focusing on handmade, fine art etchings. Featuring an exceptional list of artists including: Tom Burckhardt, Danielle Dimston, Dufala Brothers, David Fertig,Joanne Greenbaum, Red Grooms, Marilyn Holsing, Patsy Krebs, Sean Mellyn, Robert Moskowitz, Serena Perrone, Bruce Pollack, Celia Reisman, Stone Roberts, Bill Scott, Randall Sellers, Andrew Spence and Jean Wolf. This is the perfect exhibition to start, build, or enhance your fine art collection with many works on paper under $1,000.

April 21st to May 25th, 12-6:00 pm and by appointment.
Opening reception Saturday, April 21st from 4 to 6 pm.

Neptune Fine Art invites you to On Paper: Picasso & Matisse- a celebration of prints and drawings
by Picasso and Matisse, featuring early works from 1906 to 1956. The exhibition highlights two
private collections of works on paper. The exhibit will include Matisse and Picasso lithographs, etchings,
and drawings, many featuring their favorite models.

December 10th, 2011- January 21st, 2012

A celebration of American printmaking, featuring works by Celmins, Katz, Kelly, Holzer, Marden and others.

INK Miami Art Fair 2011
Miami at the Suites of the Dorchester
November 30th-December 4, 2011

New York City at The Park Avenue Armory
November 2-6, 2011 with Robert Brown Gallery booth A-20

Neptune Fine Art opens in Georgetown, Washington, DC
1662 33rd Street NW
@ Wisconsin and Reservoir Rd
Washington, DC 20007
202 338-0353

New edition released with Alex Katz, Ulla in Black Hat & Vivien in Black Hat.

INK Miami Art Fair 2010
Miami at the Suites of Dorchester
December 1-5

IFPDA Print Fair 2010
New York City at The Park Avenue Armory
November 4-7

E|AB Fair 2009
New York City at 548 West 22nd Street
(X/Formerly DIA) November 6-8

E|AB Fair 2008
New York City at The Tunnel
November 1-4, 2008

January 24-27, 2008

Los Angeles Art Show
Five Centuries of Art
January 24 - 28, 2007
Santa Monica, California

Editions | Artists' Books 06
Edtions/artists' books
November 2 - 5, 2006

ART Santa Fe 2005
An International Art Fair
July 14 - 17, 2005

Editions | Artists' Books 05
Editions/artists' books
November 3 - 6, 2005
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