Since last week’s cover story on five narrative artists (“Take Five”), I’ve been getting lots of mail from artists, including a couple who have work in the upcoming Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. They’ve sent me images of paintings selected for the exhibition. I’m also posting an image that the Arts Center published in its Works quarterly for members, and another that appeared in the print edition of “Take Five.” I hope these images serve as an aperitif before enjoying the main Delta course starting June 27.
Louis Watts is from Bentonville. His work has been selected for the Delta five times (including this year). A note from his publicist (!) says he focuses on drawing because of the the Arts Center’s impressive drawing collection:
“I grew up around art, and I spent a good amount of time in the Arts Center’s vaults. I was lucky enough to have a mother who worked there, and I would get to peruse the collection. And though I was often moved by other mediums, there was an immediacy in drawing that I simply could not stop admiring. This experience ultimately led to my career investigating the medium.”
Taimur Cleary is an artist in residence at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His paints light-dappled rural structures — barns, homes, shacks — in various states of upkeep. He has several exhibitions coming up, at UALR in winter, and a one-night show at South on Main. Other shows are in the works.
Accompanying a story about the Delta in the Arts Center’s Works publication is an image of Ian Park’s wood, ceramic, paper and milk paint work “Visiting Grandma Agatha.” He writes on his Facebook page:
Through the use of functional and sculptural ceramic ware I examine the world around me using dry humor or satire. I like to unabashedly voice my opinions on contemporary society. Garnering a reaction, be it laughter, irritation or even anger, brings me much joy. Seeing someone connect with my work, even for just a brief moment, means that I have succeeded in communicating my ideas on personal conflict and the emotions it may ensue.
And in case you missed last week’s “Take Five” issue and haven’t visited the website, here is Neal Harrington’s woodcut selected for the Delta: