ART WAY GALLERY is pleased to present INVERTED MINDS, a joint project with Dalet Gallery

ART WAY GALLERY at Plainsboro, NJ is pleased to present INVERTED MINDS, a joint project with Dalet Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), curated by Sheila Geisler. The exhibition features paintings by Thibaud Thiercelin and photography by Leo Vayn.
I throw You the Sky, oil on canvas, 12"x12"
I throw You the Sky, oil on canvas, 12"x12"
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June 9, 2012 - PRLog -- ART WAY GALLERY
Schalks Crossing Road at Wyndhurst Drive,
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
Hours: Mo-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 3-8pm, San 9am–1pm

INVERTED MINDS          June 23 – July 22, 2012  Thibaud Thiercelin, paintings
Leo Vayn, photography

Reception: Sunday, July 1, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Thibaud Thiercelin, a self-taught French painter, appeared on the U.S. art scene in 2003. Since then, he has produced a body of work containing both personal and universal subject matter: a dedicated father of two sons, Thiercelin’s paintings reflect both a parent’s and child’s emotions in the parent-child relationship and growing experience. While this series contains a great deal of intimate family portraits, the paintings also allow the viewer to tap into their own collective memory and 
go far beyond the artist’s sole experience of the world. The paintings displayed move between figuration and abstraction, narration and non-sequiturs.
Thiercelin’s painting is autobiographical and contains subject matter pertaining to events in his life. Since the time his first son, Valentin, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3, Thibaud Thiercelin painted his way through the emotional process of understanding Valentin’s disability. With passages of both ecstasy and despair expressed in the art, these elated emotions sometimes even share the same canvas. The successful treatment that Valentin received at Eden Autism Services of Princeton, NJ made a difference: liberation of the boy’s hidden potential for creativity gave Thibaud tremendous inspiration for celebrating life in his art.

Another series of paintings presented in the show is Thiercelin’s self-portraits. Like a child he often identifies himself with surrounding objects, allowing him to create bizarre personages: self-wheel, self-flower, self-reflection – ever-changing “selves”, showing the artist’s permanent awareness of the refraction of the real world in his consciousness.
Thiercelin says in his statement that he paints “the world in flesh and bones”, which is undeniably evident after looking through his collection of art. No forms are left to interpretation—as in expressionism—but instead the strokes and layers are felt, both expressing more than just a shade of skin or background colors. What might be seen as simplicity in his paintings is really a bareness that seeks to draw you into the story that Thiercelin is living.

Thibaud Thiercelin’s art allows the viewer plenty of chances to peer into the diary of the artist’s existence. It is successful in allowing us to appreciate and consider commonalities between our lives and the artists.
Mr. Thiercelin has exhibited broadly in Europe and the United States, including participation in the 14th Grand Prix de Peinture de la Ville de St. Grégoire (St. Grégoire, France), the Salon de Mai (Paris, France), Les Visages de Notre Humanité at Grand Halle de la Villette (Paris, France), Galerie Allaire-Aigret (Paris, France), Salon de Montrouge (France), Ellarslie Trenton City Museum (NJ), Dalet Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), Bernstein Gallery (Princeton, NJ). He was an artist-in residence at the Arts Council of Princeton in 2004. Thiercelin currently lives and works in the Allier region of France.
As opposite to Thibaud Thiercelin’s concentration on internal exploration and on personal, mostly “within-family” relationships, Leo Vayn, a Princeton based photographer tuned his mind for studying the human perception of Nature, being captivated by the idea of intertwining mythology with kony reality. He acutely perceives society’s fascination with Nature and the humanization of it. In his photos the unemotional endless backdrop of Nature contrasts with the absurdity and fussiness of our short-termed lives. Heroes of his stories, human-looking or not, develop a “life” of their own, and Leo merely bears witness to their struggles and pleasures. Through art Vayn expresses his compassion toward those experiencing personal trials and constantly trying to survive in the dangerous environments of nature and society.
Vayn occasionally uses other artist’s art in his work and thus expresses his vision of the “art-reality” relationships.
An illustration to this is a “meeting point” for both artists in this exhibition: Leo Vayn’s digital print entitled “Traces,” on which one of the self-portraits by Thibaud Thiercelin, appears as a stabilizing element of the composition mostly consists of reflections and shadows.

Thiercelin and Vayn are represented in the U.S. by Dalet Gallery, Philadelphia PA.

The Art Way Gallery in Plainsboro, NJ is dedicated to emerging artists, by providing the gallery wall space at no fee to the artist we encourage experimentation and creativity without the marketing pressures of a more established gallery. Although housed within the walls of the Princeton Alliance Church, Art Way Gallery functions independently from the church as a not for profit organization.  Governed only by the quality of the art we exhibit we will solicit new art of all kinds to be submitted for consideration.

The Dalet Gallery in Philadelphia, PA spreads its focus across mediums, from painting, sculpture, and photography, to interactive and installation work. Its main interest is the exploration of contemporary questions through a personal, originally presented narrative. Since it’s founding in 2009 the Dalet Gallery held over 35 exhibits, showing works of emerging and established artists from all over the world. The gallery exhibitions have been extensively reviewed by major Philadelphia media sources including The Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC Local. Visit for more information.

Since 1975 Eden Autism Services, the not-for-profit organization, has provided early intervention, education, employment training and residential services for children and adults with autism.  Eden offers both in-person and online support and training programs for families and professionals.  Recognized nationally, Eden is headquartered in Princeton, NJ.  For more information about Eden visit

The exhibition will be on view from June 23 to Jujy 22,  2012 at the Art Way Gallery, Schalks Crossing Road at Wyndhurst Drive, Plainsboro, NJ 08536
Gallery Hours: Mo-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 3-8pm, San 9am–1pm or by appointment.

For further information on Art Way Gallery, or to set up media interview with the gallery artists, contact Sheila Geisler at 732-422-3676 or or visit
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