By Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post
October 13, 2023
The Jacob Kainen paintings now on view at Hemphill Artworks date from 1952 to 1988, yet altogether skip the 1960s. The Washington artist (1909-2001) is known as an abstractionist, but he devoted much of that decade to representational work. Only hints of that interest are visible in this selection, which consists principally of 1980s color-field paintings. Their forms can be either loose or precisely geometric, but their colors are always softly layered and seemingly weathered.