Robert Seyffert paints both landscapes and cityscapes, and, at least in the group of his works now on display at 819 Gallery, he's much better at the latter.
His landscapes -- of Nova Scotia and Brittany -- employ a palette that at times looks unnatural and oddly forced, for no apparent reason. Then, too, as Seyffert's paintings go deeper into space they become less satisfactory; he appears to be less than totally comfortable dealing with far-off horizons and something as vague as sky.
The cityscapes, however, are a different story. In these there is a definite backdrop of buildings more or less parallel to the picture plane, and the artist captures that kind of solidity much more firmly. He even endows it at times with atmosphere and mood -- one can infer, at least, the heat of a summer day from the bright wall of "East Baltimore," and the red windows of "East 20th Street, New York" connote some of the brashness of life in the city.