Asheville Gallery of Art welcomes viewers to the final installment of new member shows: “Portraits of Imagination” on display from March 4th through March 28th. This collection of art from new members Chris Bell, Bill George, Hyn Patty, and Patricia Veatch explores the boundaries of portraiture beyond the expected with a variety of styles, mediums, and subjects. Chris Bell, a life-long artist residing in Madison County, credits the discovery of alcohol ink in 2012 to a new chapter in her art-making journey. She has utilized the extra studio time this past year to experiment with even more mediums, expanding her palette and creative possibilities. Her vivid animal paintings are a refreshing interpretation for this show, highlighting the almost magical qualities of our natural surroundings. Bill George has an extensive background in both fine art and design, having started his own graphic design firm on Madison Avenue while living in New York City. As a new member to the gallery, George is recognized by his distinctive, highly rendered oil paintings which capture the likeness of his subjects with incredible realism while maintaining a painterly touch. His contributions for the March exhibition include “Warhol,” a painting from his “Icon” series of reimagined and abstracted celebrity portraits. Hyn Patty holds a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Painting; her art is featured in public and private collections worldwide. Her lifelike oil paintings and soft pastel drawings depict scenes of nature and animals. For “Portraits of Imagination” her work takes an unconventional approach to the traditional idea of a portrait. In her words: “Whether it is a special place in the natural landscape, a particular plant or animal, a still life of personal objects, or even a study of an old building, these can all be specific ‘portraits’ without being figurative.” Patricia Veatch describes portraiture as her “first love,” and enlisted every visitor to her childhood home as a new model for her art. These days her subject matter has expanded beyond the figurative, but her dedication to capturing each subject with unique character, beauty, and complexity remains unchanged. After spending over 40 years in Florida as a working artist and art educator, she now brings her experience and talents to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her paintings for the show feature the traditional figurative portrait in her own unique style.
Asheville Gallery of Art remains open from Thursday-Sunday, 12-5 pm, or by private appointment.
Come view this collection of portraits from our newest members, and browse additional artwork online at ashevillegallery-of-art.com