“A Natural Perspective” – November 3-29, 2017

“A Natural Perspective” – November 3-29, 2017

The November exhibit at Justus Fine Art Gallery, entitled A Natural Perspective, will feature work by Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Jill Kyong, John Lasater, and others. The exhibition will open with a reception from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, November 3, in conjunction with the monthly Gallery Walk in downtown Hot Springs. The show will be on display November 3-29, 2017.

Wood sculptures and mixed media paintings by Robyn Horn combine natural and designed elements to create a new unity of form and texture. Horn’s sculptures are included in many notable museum and public collections including: the National Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery,Washington,D.C.; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; and numerous others. Her work is currently featured in an exhibition at the Center for Art in Wood from October 27, 2017 to January 18, 2018 and at the Moderne Gallery, both in Philadelphia, PA.

"Kicker II" by Robyn Horn (c)

“Kicker II” by Robyn Horn (c)

“I am drawn to abstract, geometric sculpture, the volume of it, the form, the textures, the negative spaces. I am obsessed with tension and movement, the gestural qualities of sculpture. I believe that the individual character of the material can be preserved by the inspiration of the artist, that they can both exist by the combining of the curving lines of nature, together with the angular lines of geometry, resulting in a gentle merging of the two entities, one working with the other in a union of souls.” – Robyn Horn

Dolores Justus’ paintings are based on elements in the natural world, but are rendered with a looseness that blurs the line between abstraction and representation. Justus’ work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the nation and abroad for more than 20 years. Her work is also included in many public, corporate, and private collections including: the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; the University of Arkansas, Health and Sciences Center, Fort Smith, AR; the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR; Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR; the Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood, MS; and many others. Her paintings were recently featured in a solo exhibit entitled Line of Sight at the Degas Gallery in New Orleans, LA and on the cover of Elegant Homes Magazine (Fall/Winter 2017).

"Elements II" by Dolores Justus (c)

“Elements II” by Dolores Justus (c)

“I’ve always had a strong identification with nature and am continually in awe of the depth of inspiration that it offers. Despite all it’s variety, there are essential elements in it and in us all, that we respond to. It is those universal, underlying truths that I seek to communicate in my own work.” – Dolores Justus

An installation by Jill Kyong will also be featured in the exhibit. Her piece, entitled Connections, uses a variety of woods fashioned into boxes and stones to communicate ideas about our need for relationship. Kyong states about the work: “I’ve arranged the boxes in a calendar formation, to suggest the passing of days. The rocks sit, mostly alone, displaying our human need for companionship and the isolation felt when there is none. In one box, three rocks have come together, becoming something stronger.” Jill Kyong grew up in northern Minnesota where she watched her father build furniture. She received her BFA degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and currently teaches woodworking at the Arkansas Arts Center. Kyong builds custom designed furniture and sculptures that tell the stories of herself and others. She is currently working on a series of stories of connection interpreted in wood.

"Connections" by Jill Kyong (c)

“Connections” by Jill Kyong (c)

John P. Lasater IV’s landscapes reflect an attention to details and scenes that others may miss. An acclaimed plein air artist, teaches workshops in venues around the United States and internationally. Lasater’s honors include national plein air painting awards, artist-in-residency’s, feature articles in both Southwest Art and Plein Air Magazine, and mentions in art magazines including Art of the West, Southwest Art, International Artist, and Plein Air Magazine. Lasater’s work has also been included in the following notable collections: Bass Pro Shops, Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Northwest Arkansas Community College, Lindenwood University, John Brown University, George and Peggy Rapp, Hamel Family Wines, Big Cedar Lodge Resort, Gaston’s White River Resort, and the Illinois River Watershed Partnership.