A new exhibition of three paintings at the Mary Tinnin Jaye Gallery in the Fullerton Administration Building of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has a distinct purpose.
The exhibit, which will hang through March 31, is intended to show how artists can employ distinctly different approaches to perspective in the use of space, color and technique to memorialize a subject, according to Don Lee of Fort Smith, associate professor and head of the Art Department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
“This exhibition of work by John Newman, Mark Lewis and Stephanie Pierce upholds the objective of the Mary Tinnin Jaye Gallery as a showcase for teaching and learning,” Lee said. “The artists are full-time professors: Stephanie and John at the University of Arkansas, Mark at the University of Tulsa.”
Lee said each artist uses time-honored methods of achieving pictorial space as a means to engage the viewer and amplify the content.
Newman’s painting, according to Lee, reflects a modern approach to the flat picture plane and flat forms.
Lewis employs vantage point, innovative use of materials and the scene itself of Peoria Avenue in Tulsa, Okla., as an exercise of perspective, according to Lee.
Lee said Pierce fuses interior and exterior spaces together as sunlight makes its way through transparent panes and moves across a wall and furniture to create a tangible space.
Lee added that the three works are in the painterly style, which is defined as using art materials -- such as paint and canvas -- to accentuate the fact that the work is a painting rather than a realistic depiction of subject matter.
The three artists use various components of perspective to create pictures utilizing space to contain and commemorate events, Lee said.
“Visitors to the gallery can study these excellent examples of perspectives in art as the springboard for appreciation of other artists’ employment of technique in the works throughout the gallery,” Lee said.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The three paintings are displayed on the first floor wall of Fullerton Administration Building, facing the central staircase. For more information, contact Don Lee at 479-788-7542.