This November, the Eccles Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Avenue, Ogden, will feature the exhibit “Go Figure! Five artists interpret the figure in paint” which will include art by Terrece Beesley, Sue Martin, Mary Pussey, Joy Nunn and Joan Zone. A reception for the artists and an evening of holiday shopping is planned for Friday Art Stroll, November 1, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibits continue through November 27, 2019.
The Eccles Art Center staff approached Terrece Beesley to curate this exhibits. She reveals “When five artists set off to interpret the figure in paint, you may be sure there will be some surprises. There are as many interpretations as there are artists and subjects. Who knew “figures” might include dogs and lizards?”
Beesley, who included her work in the exhibit, continues “I am fascinated by scenes with which we are familiar, the icons of our daily life. The people, places, and objects in my paintings speak volumes about our culture…. I usually combine several photos for my final drawing. I look intently at my subjects, striving for the correct perspective, attitude, or sly smile that will bring them to life.”
Sue Martin of her paintings divulges, “Ever since my sister and I rescued a dog early this year, I’ve become fascinated with dog-dog and owner-owner interactions. I’ve spent a lot of time taking pictures of dogs and their owners, and I’ve enjoyed painting this series of “Best Friends,” with an emphasis on the dogs.”
Artist Mary Pussey explains “In recent times, I have found a new interest in having figures in my watercolors…. What I paint is a representation of what I see and feel, with no attempt at a realistic likeness. So, these figures are representations of feelings as I paint en plein air and in the studio. Go Figure!”
In the same matter, artist Joy Nunn notes, “Painting figures is always a challenge and, for me, a journey…. Lately, I have decided to abandon the restrictions of realism and have been exploring the relationship between the linear qualities of a figure and elements of abstraction around or with it, in order to develop the actual subject of my work which is an expression of a thought, feeling, or mood.”
Joan Zone finishes “My figures are seldom real but, more often, my imagination at play. I simplify shapes, exaggerate colors, add texture and pattern to create figures with attitude, emotion, or a story to tell. Often I place them in whimsical context…. I’ve been influenced by the abstracted and whimsical work of such master artists as Picasso and Chagall.
We invite you to visit the Eccles Art Center and its galleries. Regular galleries hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The art center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, November 28 through December 1, 2019. For more information, call us at 801-392-6935