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September 2010

John Kingerlee Art Exhibit


The work of Anglo-Irish artist John Kingerlee has traveled to a dozen states since 2006. The exhibit makes two stops in Oklahoma. One of those stops is in the Art Gallery at the University of Science and Arts. Kingerlee's work is schedule to hang in Chickasha thru Oct. 1.

The USAO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of Davis Hall on the USAO campus. Davis Hall is on the oval at South 17th Street between Grand Avenue and Alabama Streets in Chickasha. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The exhibition is supported with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council. An online gallery of Kingerlee's work is available at http://link.usao.edu/kingerlee.

The exhibition is part of a nationwide tour that ends Oct. 22 when the art travels to Austin, Texas. The U.S. tour is organized by Katharine T. Carter and Associates. It will feature works from Kingerlee's figurative, landscapes and grid series.

"We are very excited about the upcoming exhibit featuring the hauntingly beautiful works of Irish artist John Kingerlee," said Layne Thrift, director of the USAO Art Gallery. We feel fortunate to display an art exhibit of this high caliber through our close alliance with the Charles B. Goddard Center in Ardmore.

"The Kingerlee exhibit is rolling to the end of its magnificent three year United States tour. After leaving USAO the traveling exhibition will end at the University of Texas in Austin. We would like to thank Katharine T. Carter and Associates for providing this outstanding exhibition."

Kingerlee's figurative works include heads and collages. The collages, executed on paper, incorporate everyday objects that include postage stamps, pages of old novels and train tickets with drawn or painted figures throughout.

The collages act as an impromptu diary where past and present collide. The heads are singular or groups of two or three and appear ravaged but human, phantomlike, yet elemental, as if composed of light and stone, Kingerlee said.

"The landscapes and grids are painted in oil and built up in many layers, cemented to the surface through a process of throwing the board to the studio floor to create thick passages of paint. The end result is soothing and peaceful, yet the raised textured surface is reminiscent of Kingerlee's Irish terrain of rocky, light filled landscapes."

Kingerlee was born in Birmingham, United Kingdom in 1936. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout Europe and the United States. He has lived on the Beara Peninsula on the coast of Ireland for more than 25 years. He spends about half the year in Granada, Spain, and in Morocco. All these lives, all these places, and all these beliefs bring texture to his work, he says.

Kingerlee's work is also scheduled to be on display at the Charles B. Goddard Center in Ardmore through Oct. 2. More information about Kingerlee is available at www.kingerlee.com. For more information about the USAO Art Gallery, visit usao.edu/home/gallery/schedule.

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