Aug. 30, 2011
Contact: Lesley King Fry (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284
Valentine to open exhibition season at Chicago art gallery
Ed Valentine, associate professor of art at The Ohio State University at Lima, will open the fall art season at the Linda Warren Gallery in Chicago with his exhibition, Untitled, from Sept. 9-Oct. 22, 2011. The opening reception for his solo exhibition is from 6-9 p.m., Fri., Sept. 9, 2011.
Untitled will feature more than 20 paintings. Human characters appear in three distinct bodies of work on display in the show. The looser large-scale spray portraits feature characteristics such as a hole from a BB or a stray staple stuck in some paint. The smaller, more pristine portraits may appear to be overwhelmed by mistakes and accidents, but are deliberate and controlled. In each body of work, Valentine engages different and various forms of compositional and mark-making strategies. Representation, abstraction, realism and expressionism find their way into his work, each and all essential ingredients in his formula to contain his view of life in its truest form.
"My work is about beauty. It's about life as a beautiful but imperfect thing. A thing that comes with scabs and scars. A thing that comes with broken bones, rips, drips and holes," said Valentine. "We trust things that aren't perfect, things that come with scabs and scars. We all have them. We've earned them. Life cannot hide behind a scar."
Valentine has taught drawing and painting classes at Ohio State Lima for 14 years. His dedication to students earned him the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2011, which honors Ohio State faculty members for teaching excellence. Outside the classroom, he is an accomplished painter, having more than a dozen solo exhibitions in New York City and Los Angeles as well as the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, Ostrava, The Czech Republic, and the Atrium Gallery in Prague. His work has been part of group exhibitions in Paris, Tokyo and The United Arab Emirates. Valentine also has three paintings in the permanent collection of the contemporary wing at the National Gallery in Prague.
More information and photos of his paintings are available at www.lindawarrengallery.com.