BLANDEN ART MUSEUM
Sat, Jan 04|
Blanden Memorial Art Museum
Opening Reception "The Portrait"
Paintings by Reed White East Gallery On view: January 4 - March 28, 2020 Opening Reception Saturday, January 4th from 3:00pm - 5:00pm Artist Lecture at 4:00pm Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres provided
Time & Location
Jan 04, 2020, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Blanden Memorial Art Museum, 920 3rd Ave S, Fort Dodge, IA 50501, USA
About The Event
January 4 - March 28, 2020
Saturday, January 4th from 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Artist Lecture at 4:00pm
Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres provided
I paint people because I find them challenging, interesting, and overflowing with narrative. I am documenting time, place, society, and how these people fit into it—or at least my interpretation of that. We can all relate to life’s struggles, simple pleasures, emotions, and the aches and pains of aging. My paintings are a way for me to share my perspective of these facets of life. I paint people as I see them, flaws and all. My paintings are not meant to be flattering; my intention is not to please the subject and make a commission, but to create a piece of art.
On a strictly visual level, I see my paintings as relating fields of color that toy with balance and the eye’s path. These compositions are decorated with detail and texture, but the interplay among colors, the harmony and discord, is what excites me as a painter. I love a rudimentary, centralized composition, perfectly balanced, like a circle within a square. This simplistic solution to balance is why I like a single, frontal-facing figure. There may be elements of asymmetry to break up the piece, but the main structure is as straightforward as a Rothko or a Giacometti painting. I see the figure as subordinate to the painterly qualities—the marks, the drips, the colors, the textures—that I create.
I’m focusing on the details, attempting to capture the textures, the subtleties of reflecting light, and many of the things that we as people can relate to. I want the audience to form a relationship with my paintings through recollection of personal experiences—whether it is triggered by these details of the physical world, specific objects, or the people and their emotions. The viewer is meant to insert their own narrative. I like to think of the paintings as thread within the fabric that is our human coexistence. The more I can weave together, the more the audience can relate to my paintings.
I paint locals, friends, and heroes because they are a part of my own story. Sometimes, I use my artistic license to embellish the narrative and make the painting more exciting.
I encourage anyone to find me on Facebook.com/Reed.White to see progress shots, and on Instagram (@reeddeanwhite) for closeup photos.
Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the show.