Paintings" By Artist John Arnold Opens At Fayerweather
26, 1999 -- "Sentimental Paintings" by John Arnold,
a fifth-year fellow in the University of Virginia’s McIntire Department
of Art, opens at Fayerweather Gallery May 1.
large-format oil paintings veil photographic images as if seen through
water or translucent surfaces, sometimes obscuring them. "With each
painting, I envision a specific and integrated visual phenomenon,"
Arnold says. "I often turn to photographs for unique clarity of
recognition embedded beneath a plastic surface." The blurring of
the image creates ambiguity and makes it more beautiful, he says.
fellows program affords exceptionally talented students an opportunity
for more professional training. Fifth-year fellows work as assistants
in various studios and develop their portfolios for competitive
graduate school applications after they have earned a B.A. in liberal
arts from the College of Arts and Sciences. Arnold will attend the
M.F.A. program in painting at the Art Institute of Chicago in the
is extraordinarily ambitious and is one of the best painters we've
had here," said Dean Dass, studio chair in U.Va.'s McIntire Department
of Art. He is working on a 10' x 16' oil painting, an aerial perspective
as if from the window of an airplane, that will be the centerpiece
of his exhibition.
fifth-year fellows program, now in its eighth year, has proven to
be successful. Fellows have been placed in the most prestigious
graduate schools, including Tyler School of Art at Temple University,
UCLA and the Art Institute of Chicago.
reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, May 7, at 5:30
p.m. with a gallery talk by the artist at 6:30 p.m.
show runs through May 8. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298.