Landscape artist featured at Krempp Gallery
The Krempp Gallery at the Jasper Arts Center will present Owensboro, Ky., ink landscape artist David Stratton during December.
Stratton is a professor of art and graphic design at Brescia University, an artist, freelance marketing consultant, graphic designer and aesthetics researcher who has presented more than 30 solo exhibitions of his artwork.
“My landscape imagery is based upon photos I take while hiking and bird watching that are not overly dramatic but more of a normal incidental ‘view’ of a puddle, clearing or path intersection,” he explained. “These quiet compositions are far more usual while hiking than the dramatic vista or overlook. Yet, the usual doesn’t have to be overlooked, as I try to focus on that moment, and the textural beauty in both the image and moment.”
This research series, “elegy of Cy Twombly,” which began in 2011, the year of his death, utilizes the technique of monochromatic/dichromatic ink on paper or canvas, conceptually emphasizing both the wonder of gesture with gestural lines to create texture both by overlapping gestural lines as well as a texture of “unstable visual space.”
Each work of Stratton’s is based on the between of one’s sense of place and the identity of place, which is the overlap of intuition and narration; moments considered complete but not finished are the moments he looks for.
“The viewer is to have the same joy as my own in looking at a landscape, looking again and glancing back, every time seeing a different emphasis, space or communication,” he said.
The exhibit will be in the Krempp Gallery through Dec. 30. Due to COVID-19, there will not be an opening reception.
The Krempp Gallery, located in the Jasper Arts Center adjacent to the Vincennes University – Jasper campus, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. Admission is free.