Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Elegance | Violence

Stopped by the Art Car Museum a couple of weeks ago to visit my friend Jim Hatchett and to see the current exhibition.  The exhibition was Elegance | Violence a 30-year survey of Perry House's work occupied the entire museum. 

The exhibition will be on view through 9/2/2012.

“Perry House: Elegance/Violence” is an exhibition that includes paintings from House’s enormous body of work spanning more than 30 years. Perry House, long-time Houston artist and art educator at Houston Community College Central Campus, is a dedicated painter, devoting several hours each and every day to perfecting his craft. House’s ‘alternate reality landscapes’ are neo-expressionist, straddling the line between abstraction and realism with their nearly recognizable forms and figures. The works are allegorical in imagery, yet ambiguous in interpretation. They are, at the same time, both beautiful and disturbing. “Elegance / Violence” will include both recent and older works and reveal House’s venerable quest for balance

ABOUT PERRY HOUSE: Perry House received his M.F.A. in 1971 from California College of Arts in Oakland. In 1985, House’s work was included in an exhibition titled “Fresh Paint: The Houston School”. Curated by Barbara Rose and Susie Kalil, “Fresh Paint” marked the first time that the Museum of Fine Arts Houston devoted a large show to local painters. Also included in this historically important group show were legendary Houston painters Ron Hoover and Dick Wray. Over the years, House was represented by William Graham, Davis/McClain, and Inman Galleries. At the same time, House was also an instructor at Houston Community College Central Campus, a career from which he has recently retired after 30 years. Perry House’s retirement plans are to continue painting every day. Perry House is currently represented by Dan Allison.   - Art Car Museum

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