Exploring Desire Through Art

Steve Alpert's "Desire."

Desire for the beauty of nature. Desire for a better world through philanthropy, these tenets are the foundation of all the work of nationally renowned painter Steve Alpert from his contemporary military paintings to his abstract landscapes that rejoice in the wonder of nature.

On Saturday, August 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Alpert will present “Desire,” an open house art exhibition at his studio to benefit the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

Just before 9/11, Alpert turned away from a 30-year career as a TV producer and director in New York City to turn to his lifelong passion for painting with a particular focus of extolling the virtues of those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

A series of seven large paintings, titled, “Full Honors” based on his photographs of a full honors funeral ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, have been on exhibition at the Pentagon for the last two years and slated to be there indefinitely. In November 2003, following the crash of two Black Hawk helicopters over Northern Iraq, Alpert initiated a series of paintings to honor the 17 soldiers lost that in the incident. Proceeds from these works and others in his contemporary military oeuvre support veterans and their families. As an adjunct professor at Fordham University, Alpert teaches an art workshop for veterans as part of the Fordham Veteran’s Initiative.

On view in this show will be oil paintings such as “Desire” which was inspired by a trip to the Amazon region in Peru, and recalls Claude Monet’s Water Lilies cycle that Paris’s l’Orangerie museum was built specifically to accommodate. Also on display will be more recent paintings such as “Duck,” “Summer Sun” and “At Rest” that capture the magnificence and uniqueness of the East End’s landscapes. The exhibition will be outdoors and COVID-19 protocols will be observed.

Alpert’s studio is a 29 Old Main Road, Quogue. The rain date for the exhibition is Sunday, August 23.