200601 Spectrum: Larry Hampton and Sylvester McKissick

200601 Spectrum: Larry Hampton and Sylvester McKissick

January 30, 2006

Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists
January 26 through April 16, 2006

Opening reception on February 10, 5 – 8 pm in conjunction with 2nd Friday Art Night

Spectrum features the work of two Arkansas artists with differing artistic styles and backgrounds. Larry Hampton’s small portraits show his admiration for painters such as Edgar Degas, Diego Velasquez and John Singer Sargent. Self-taught artist Sylvester McKissick’s genre style paintings combine everyday themes with bold use of color and line. He works in oils, acrylics, window film on glass and images on glass that produce a three-dimensional effect.

Larry Hampton, whose first art class was at Horace Mann Junior High School, continued a formal education in fine art at the Kansas City Art Institute followed by the School of Visual Arts in New York where he earned a Master of Fine Arts. He has exhibited at several venues in New York and locally at Hearne Fine Art. Hampton’s canvases (such as My Lineage,top right) are intimate still life paintings, landscapes and interiors.

Artistically-gifted since childhood Sylvester McKissick was born in Goodwin, Arkansas, and grew up in nearby Wheatley. McKissick’s subject matter often reflects his experiences as a boy growing up on the family farm. He went on to join the United States Army and has since retired with honor. In his artist statement, McKissick says his art (such as Thank You, bottom right) represents, “the struggles of humanity as a whole.” He strives for realism in each of his works yet says he gives himself the freedom to follow his own rules.

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Spectrum: Larry Hampton and Sylvester McKissick