Feb 05, 2013

Art Gallery Hosts Works By Charles Brindley

Artist Reception To Be Held On September 24

Beginning on September 1, the work of artist Charles Brindley will be featured in Columbia State Community College's Pryor Art Gallery. Brindley's work was featured in a retrospective exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum in 1998, and he has had four exhibitions tour nationally.

"His habitat is his muse, his talent is his creative gift, and his determination to actualize his own potential is his drive," said Lucy Kuykendall, Pryor Art Gallery director and curator at Columbia State. "His images are highly representational but contain many abstract elements as he captures what he sees and translates that vision so that those who view his drawings and paintings will newly view and enjoy their surroundings with heightened sensitivity. Charles' exhibit presents an over the top art experience for Columbia State and Maury County."

Brindley, who will be exhibiting oil paintings and original graphite drawings, has been painting landscapes since the 1980s. He is perhaps most noted for his drawings of trees with their entangled roots, grooved bark, gnarled branches, and webs of twigs in gradations of grey and white.

"It is an outgrowth of my interest in the landscape," said Brindley. "I've always had an interest in trees and the landscape-it is part of that is a continual development that I have worked on for 25 years."

His work has been presented by galleries in numerous cities such as Washington D.C. and New York City and is a part of public, private, and corporate collections throughout the United States. One of his more recent and prominent works is titled "The Tennessee Residence." Also known as The Governor's Mansion, it is a series of pieces that went to eight different locations throughout Tennessee in 2005 and 2006. The show contained 19 pieces.

The Tennessee native currently teaches a class at the University School of Nashville for adults called Creative Drawing and Painting.

There will be an artist reception held at the Pryor Art Gallery on Thursday, September 24 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The artist will be present and some of his work will available for sale. He will also be available for commission to draw or paint personal selections.

"A Gallery Reception gives those in attendance the opportunity to catch the dynamics of that artist-that is his manner of looking at and talking about his/her own work," said Kuykendall. "It might be the chance to get an inside story or a memorable quote about a particular piece. Some artists readily write about what they do, but others talk about themselves and their work only when prompted. An artist reception is the opportunity for that prompt."

The paintings will be on display from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. The Pryor Art Gallery is located in the Waymon L. Hickman building on Columbia State's Columbia Campus at 1665 Hampshire Pike.

To learn more about Charles Brindley visit his website at www.cbrindley.com.