Dutchland Galleries is located in Lancaster County in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Amish Country. Our bucolic countryside and diverse culture provide abundant inspiration for our world renowned local and regional artists. The relationship developed with our artists over the last quarter century affords our customers unprecedented acquisition opportunities found nowhere else.
Located in Lancaster County’s Kitchen Kettle Village, Intercourse, PA, we specialize in original paintings and signed and numbered reproductions.
Many have asked us why representational works are emphasized here. There are several reasons: the chosen style of the artists we represent, the belief that beauty and art are not antithetical, a "striving for excellence" that is demonstrable, and truth are a few. In the course of research I discovered this brief by Ms. Rubin that articulates the argument for the relevance of representational work.
"From the beginning of human history, making marks depicting the physical world has been a constant. Our ability to question the meaning and purpose of our existence is what differentiates us from other animal species. Representation in painting touches on this core human truth. It is as much a part of our existence as storytelling and poetry. No matter the subject or content - how complex or how minimal - representational painting incorporates the gift of a narrative. That being said, representation cannot stand alone. The true poetry lies in the orchestration of a good composition combined with the skillful use of paint and color, all driven by sensory perception, intuition and memory. No matter the time in history, when done masterfully, it is timeless. In daily life, we 'look' but we do not always 'see'. We are physical beings in a tactile three dimensional world. Representation makes us pay attention to our surroundings as well as to ideas and relationships. We all have a story to tell. It is my firm belief that representational painting will always be new no matter the trends or curatorial leanings of the times."
-Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin