Exhibit: Light Coming Through

The Staunton Augusta Art Center is hosting the exhibition titled Light Coming Through, new paintings and works on paper by Robert Stuart.  The exhibit runs August 15 through September 20 in the art galleries of the RR Smith Center for History and Art at 20 S. New Street in historic downtown Staunton.  Routine gallery hours are 10-5 Monday-Friday and 10-4 Saturday.  There is no charge to visit the galleries; artwork is available for sale.

Stuart has had over thirty solo exhibits in the United States including in New York City, Washington, DC, Richmond, and Charlotte.  His work has been exhibited in a number of museums including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Chrysler Museum, and the Taubman Museum.  He is represented by the Reynolds Gallery, Richmond; the Long View Gallery, Washington, DC; and Hodges Taylor Art Consultants, Charlotte.  In 2004, he received an Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY.

uart received a B.F.A. degree from Boston University’s School for the Arts where he was influenced by artists Phillip Guston and James Weeks.  He received an MFA degree from James Madison University in 1984.  As a child and teenager he spent seven years living overseas in Libya, Nigeria, Liberia, The Philippines, and Samoa. He now lives and works in Staunton, VA, where he has kept a studio since 1990.

Blue Bands (2014), oil, wax and collage on paper, 6 1/2" x 19 1/2"

Blue Bands (2014), oil, wax and collage on paper, 6 1/2″ x 19 1/2″

The artist’s statement for this particular body of work, Light Coming Through, reads:

In these paintings…

. . . . using texture, color, measurement, lines, rhythm, proportion, shape, tonal contrasts—to create a sense of light coming through, or, in its dark version, darkness seeping out, “bleeding”–to come to a “felt,” intuited fullness or completeness.

. . . . to make an object whose qualities can induce, seduce, encourage, allow—thoughtful contemplation,  reverie, awareness of mystery, and that can remind the viewer of the “other,” the “inner,” unspoken thoughts, feelings, existence below and beyond the surface and the fleeting . . . .  to have a  “felt” response.

As an artist, I want, as renowned art critic Clement Greenberg said, to “give it an all-out try.

The exhibit is sponsored, in part, by Janet Doerr and David McCaskey and by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.