University of the Ozarks senior Lindsey C. Kellaway will present her exhibit "Human Figures in Nature" from May 3-12 in the Stephens Art Gallery.
The exhibit is Kellaway’s Senior Art Exhibit and is part of the university’s Artist of the Month Series. Kellaway, from The Colony, Texas, will graduate on May 12 with a bachelor’s of art degree in art, marketing and business administration. There will be a reception to meet the artist from 6-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, in the gallery, which is located in the Walton Fine Arts Center.
Kellaway said her "Human Figures in Nature" exhibit is a combination of traditional and realistic depictions of people in the outdoor world.
"Each setting provokes a specific mood about it," she said. "I use a wide range of darks and bright colors in order to emphasize the use of light and shadows. I incorporate a more abstract or surrealist style into my work so I can break the barrier between the natural world and the dream world. To accomplish this, I intertwine people into the landscapes I paint. This can be seen in my painting Shall We Dance. The trees appear as though they are dancing with each other, so I morphed the tree trunks with the figures of two ballerinas to give a more graceful appearance."
Kellaway said her artwork is "detailed and realistic, but I also push the use of surrealism."
"I use a brighter color palette and experiment with changing various proportion of the composition," she said. "In my painting, Hand Series II, two larger-than-life hands are reaching down from the sky and placing two killer whales in the ocean. While the background and the whales are proportionately sized, the giant hands give the viewer the impression that something greater than ourselves created this world. "
Kellaway said most of her pieces are larger works or a collection of smaller works that go together.
"I like making larger pieces so that I can show as much detail as possible," she said. "As for the media, I prefer painting with watercolors or acrylics. I also love to experiment with unusual media, such as wallpaper, and incorporating photography into my work. I am inspired to create works that include my family members and some of my favorite outdoor locations, which makes my work meaningful. Since I am so attached to my art, it takes me long periods of time to complete each piece because I want to make sure every detail is perfect."
Her artistic inspiration comes from both her father, who is a landscaper, and the late American realist painter Edward Hopper.
"I learned about Edward Hopper my junior year in high school and I immediately fell in love with his work," Kellaway said. "The way he uses light and shadow in his paintings is absolutely brilliant and captivating. Hopper is truly able to capture the way light reflects at different times of the day, which is something I strive to achieve in my work. On the other hand, my eye for detail I believe comes from my father, who is a horticulturist. I would sit at the table and watch as he drew client’s properties that he worked on. He would be sure to draw every tree, bush, sprinkler line, pond, and even rocks in some cases. So now when I am constructing a work, I like to do exactly as he did, replicate something just as it is and getting every detail."
Ozarks senior Lindsey C. Kellaway will present her exhibit "Human Figures in Nature," featuring a combination of traditional and realistic depictions of people in the outdoor world.