Baton Rouge Gallery’s May exhibits featuring the work of gallery artists James Burke, David Horton and Lisa Qualls, will continue through Thursday, May 30, at the gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive.
During the exhibition, guests will experience Burke’s reimagining of a 1950s canoe expedition through northwest Canada, Horton’s colorful narrative paintings that provide allegories to life situations and Qualls’ portrayal of the world that invites memories of the excitement one feels as they discover their world.
With his latest exhibition, Omond’s Blue Water, Burke finds inspiration in a 500-mile expedition led by Minnesotan Sigurd F. Olson through the great rivers and lakes of northwest Canada in the 1950s. The six men on the trip traveled the routes taken by French fur trappers by canoe.
Among these men was Canadian Omond Solandt whose primary responsibility was navigation. Burke’s paintings imagine another “Omond” and focus on two of the constants that define his experience — the water and the horizon. Ultimately, the paintings are made from visual references, memories (both near and distant), imaginings and — best of all — reactions to things that happen when one color, idea, or image bumps into another by accident.
One of eight founding artists of the Unit 8 Gallery in 1965, which would become Baton Rouge Gallery just a year later, Burke is one of the most influential contemporary arts figures in south Louisiana and is professor emeritus at LSU. He earned his master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1963, and since that time, his work has been shown in more than 100 exhibitions across the United States.
His work also is featured in numerous collections, both public and private, including the New Orleans Museum of Art; The Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C.; the North Country Museum of Arts in Park Rapids, Minn,; and The Dulin Galleries in Knoxville, Tenn.
Horton’s latest exhibition, Friends and Fables, further embraces the label of “narrative painter.”
Drawing on and hopefully adding to the rich tradition of the artists who have been labeled as such before him, Horton’s work is rife with symbolism. Each composition forms an allegory to a life situation with the condition of the object and its relationship to other things in the composition revealing clues to the story being told.
A gallery artist member since 2003, Horton has taught art and design at LSU, Arizona State University, Mississippi State University and Nicholls State University during the last 27 years. He has kept studios in southern Spain, Paris and Provence, and he has shown his work in many national and international venues, and his work has been collected by Bonnie Raitt, Paloma Picasso, Morgan Guaranty Bank of Paris, the Delta Blues Museum and Scottsdale Center for the Arts.
Horton’s work has been favorably reviewed in The International Herald Tribune of Paris, L’Oeil International art magazine of Paris, The Times Picayune of New Orleans and many other national and international newspapers and magazines. He has exhibited in Paris at the Petite Palais and at other galleries and museums in Paris, Taiwan and Italy.
Qualls’ second Baton Rouge Gallery exhibition since joining the gallery, The Familiar Wilderness, is a body of work created with the freshness of relived childhood memories. With subjects ranging from still life to portraits and landscapes, this collection of tightly rendered drawings and abstracted paintings reinterpret classical styles through both modernist and postmodernist eyes. She portrays the world with awe and innocence, inviting the viewer to recall the excitement of discovering their world through familiar objects.
Qualls is a native of Baton Rouge and resident of Houston. Her work has been exhibited in numerous locales across the United States including Texas, New York, Oregon, New Jersey and North Carolina, among others. In 2011, she received a Fellowship Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance and was a Hunting Art Prize Finalist in 2010.
Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is free.
For more information, call (225) 383-1470 or visit http://www.batonrougegallery.org.
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