Hooks-Epstein Galleries is proud to present an exhibition of mixed media work by local artist, Leamon Green. The exhibition opens Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. A Daytime Reception for the artist will follow from 2:00 to 5:00pm. ***PLEASE NOTE: Artist Presentation will be held at 3:00pm***
Leamon Green, in preparation for this exhibition, has been viewing crowds, individuals, and going through digital files of his past travels to Africa. His work has always revolved around the general theme of identity. In recent years, he has shifted “identity” to be defined as a mixing of cultural, ethnic, economic, and values from the present and the past.
In his work, Leamon will place his characters in different situations, which will reflect their cultural background. The cultural differences are seen in the patterns that occupy the pictorial space along with Green’s figures. The patterns are derived from either African or European textiles and antique wallpapers from Europe and African-American quilt patterns. Green will also include objects from African culture such as ceremonial staffs, stools and masks. He finds that the original designs in these objects contain history and meaning, much of which is relevant to contemporary life. He says that we exist at a time when the world is smaller than ever and the inter-relationships of cultures are obvious.
Leamon Green received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH and his MFA from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. In 2006, he was one of nine finalists named for the Hunting Art Prize. Leamon was also awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant in 2007. He served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania from August 2007 to July 2008. Leamon currently teaches painting at Texas Southern University in Houston.
Leamon Green's exhibition will continue through May 30, 2015.
For more images, please visit the full exhibition.