CURRENT EXHIBIT

J.T. GRANT

THE SIN EATER & THE ANCHORITE


SEPTEMBER 5 - OCTOBER 17, 2009

OPENING RECEPTION
Fall Gallery Night
Saturday, September 12, 2009, 2 - 9 pm


GO TO ARTIST'S GALLERY - J.T. Grant

Advocate's Adjunct
J.T. Grant
Advocate's Adjunct
Oil On Canvas
24 x 18 inches

August Ice An exhibition of new oil paintings by Fort Worth artist J.T. Grant will be on display September 5-October 10 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held on Fall Gallery Night, Saturday, September 12, 2:00-9:00 p.m. The exhibition will feature a collection of the artist's figurative works, skyscapes, and still lifes. These thought-provoking works juxtapose a contemporary approach with a classical application, resulting in scenes that are technically engaging yet visually surprising.

J.T. Grant paints in a naturalistic style reminiscent of the Old Masters. Rich pigments and careful attention to light quality and its effects coalesce to create three-dimensional portrayals of familiar subject matter, including human figures and open sky. However, his scenes are not always as they appear at first glance-look carefully and they are not placid, but full of subtle drama and commentary.

Grant's intricate skyscapes draw attention to the vast expanses of the universe, while dwarfing terra firma, both visually and intellectually. This celebration of sky appears in August Ice, which focuses not on the landscape where we live, but on the space that lies above. The sky is kinetic, independent, and always in flux, as the clouds dance and churn to tell the story of another reality altogether. Most importantly, they exist in a realm beyond human control, free from the vestiges of mankind. Meanwhile, the ground becomes superfluous and flawed, rendered impotent by the encroachment of civilization-evidenced here by the subtly painted swath of farmland, cleared of the forest in the name of "progress."

J. T. Grant '69436' Perhaps the most overtly powerful of the group are Grant's portraits. Here, the artist employs distinctive tenebrism and classical composition, visually isolating the subjects from their backgrounds and giving them monumental prominence, even as they appear physically or emotionally compromised in some way. Advocate's Adjunct (seen above) depicts a "sin-eater" - a relic of European and Appalachian burial traditions in which a social outcast was employed to eat and drink over a body before its burial to absolve the deceased of his/her transgressions. Although he performs an otherwise selfless service, absorbing the ills of society, he is also considered a pariah. This sin eater, anonymous and disregarded, attempts to remake himself as a grave functionary in his found cap and drape that nonetheless fail to obscure the commonness of his exposed undershirt. This scenario reflects upon an individual's need to find place and value no matter the level of society within which they stand.

While his paintings exhibit a cerebral complexity influenced by current events and social mores, the artist states that he has no pre-defined agenda to communicate when painting, leaving each piece open to viewer interpretation. This prescription makes his art a truly personal experience, for both Grant and his audience.


Once Lost Never Regained (redux) ABOUT THE ARTIST
A native of Georgia, J.T. Grant received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA from Texas Christian University. His work may be found in various public collections, including those of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, and the Fort Worth Public Library, among others. He has received commissions from the Omni Hotel, RadioShack, and Acme Brick in Fort Worth, and in 2008, he was commissioned to create a Christmas Ornament for the Whitehouse.

A scholar and teacher as well, Grant has presented lectures and taught art classes at the Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and TCU. Grant's works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout Texas and nationally for nearly two decades, including such juried exhibitions as Art in the Metroplex and First Texas Annual. Awards and honors include participation in Texas' Annual Congressional Arts Competition and recognition as the featured artist in the 2003 Artists Against AIDS exhibition in Fort Worth.


ABOUT THE GALLERY

Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions, photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity found in contemporary art.

GALLERY HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday 10am-5:30pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
and by appointment

Please contact Pam or Bill Campbell at wcca@flash.net or at 817-737-9566 for more information.


Previous Exhibitions

 Sevan Melikyan, Jeff Mueller, and Shawn Wallis - Acumen: June 20- August 15, 2009

 JUDY YOUNGBLOOD & CLIFF GARTEN - NEW WORKS: May - June, 2009

 OTIS JONES - NEW WORKS: February 14, 2009 - March 21, 2009

 BENITO HUERTA - GRAND ILLUSION: January 10, 2009 - February 7, 2009

 MARK SMITH - IN SEARCH OF MEMORY: December 5, 2008- January 3, 2009

 STEPHEN DALY - Drawings & Sculpture: OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 29, 2008

 ROBERT McAN - Identity Theory: SEPTEMBER 6 - OCTOBER 11, 2008

 GALLERY ARTISTS - Recent Works: JUNE 21 - AUGUST 23, 2008

 KEN DIXON - SACRED LANDSCAPES: May 10 - June 14, 2008

 JULIE LAZARUS - ABSTRACTED REFLECTIONS: March 29 - May 3, 2008

 BOB WADE - GUSHERS + MORE: FEB. 16 - MAR. 22, 2008

 TOM HOLLENBACK - ACRYLIC & STEEL: NOV. 30, 2007 - JAN. 6, 2008

 JAKE GILSON - WALL RELIEFS & WORKS ON PAPER: OCT. 19 - NOV. 24, 2007

 JANE HELSLANDER - FIELD PRESENCE: SEPT. 8 - OCT. 13, 2007

 SUMMER MIX - Works from artists represented by the gallery: June 30th - August 4th, 2007

 THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TEXAS - Photographs Celebrate Texas Nature: May 12th - June 23rd, 2007

 JOACHIM KERSTEN - DIGITALIS PURPUREA: March 31 - May 5, 2007

 JANUS-STYLE NEW YEAR'S EXHIBITION - Looking Forward / Looking Back: January 19 - February 28, 2007

 NEW AND EMERGING TEXAS TALENT - Show Offs II: December 1, 2006 - January 13, 2007

 BERND HAUSSMANN - RECOLLECT: October 21 - November 25, 2006

 DALTON MARONEY - CROSSINGS: September 9 - October 14, 2006

 GROUP EXHIBITION - MAN-I-FEST: June 24 - August 5, 2006

 PATRICK KELLY - I Want Eye Candy: May 13 - June 11, 2006

 CAROL BENSON - ATTACHMENTS: April 1 - April 30, 2006

 CECIL TOUCHON - VISUAL POETRY: February 18 - March 26, 2006

 RANDALL REID & STEVE MURPHY - HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: December 2, 2005 – January 14, 2006,

 RICHARD THOMPSON - Mindful Wading: October 22 – November 26, 2005

 JOHN HOLT SMITH - Work by Tarrant County artists: June 25 – August 6, 2005

 JOURNEYS: PUBLIC & PRIVATE - SEQUENCE: THE LIGHT WE REMEMBER TO SEE, FOR BILL: September 10 - October 15, 2005

 KEVIN TOLMAN - PAINTINGS + DRAWINGS: May 14 – June 18, 2005

 SEVAN MELIKYAN - ‘AFTER’ SERIES II: April 2 – May 2, 2005

 A FOCUSED VISION - Group Exhibition: February 11 – March 26, 2005

 SCOTTIE PARSONS - NEW PAINTINGS: December 3, 2004 – January 8, 2005

 J.T. GRANT - BÊTE NOIRE: September 18 – October 23, 2004

 SURFACE - Group Exhibition: June 19 – September 4, 2004

 JUDY YOUNGBLOOD - NEW WORK: May 1 - June 5, 2004



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