DIALOGUE: Jack Harkins
Thursday, August 3
7 pm - Main Gallery
DIALOGUE is a new collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA). Artist Members from the CCA are invited to pair the work they create with art currently on view at The Grace and speak about the connections between the two. The next artist to present will be painter, Jack Harkins.
7 pm - Talk
West Texas and the Southwest is big and bold. It provides a multitude of interesting and diverse subjects to inspire my paintings. I find inspiration in historic photos of Native Americans and their environs, geologic formations of the southwest, indigenous structures, animals, and the landscapes as well as the beautiful sunsets that are frequently provided by our Maker.
My paintings tend to be impressionistic, but not to the extreme. They are familiar and recognizable subjects, but loose enough to leave the viewer room for interpretation. Technique, style and color are used to translate what the eye sees into something similar, but hopefully better that than the original image.
I hope to find new ways to interpret the things that surround us in our environment in a way that pleases the viewer and makes them want to say "I have seen that before, but not quite in that way".
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jack Harkins graduated from Stamford High School in 1967 and although they only had art classes at the elementary grade level, Jack was always sketching and occasionally painting. Upon graduation, he decided to study Architecture at Texas Tech University and was immersed in drawing, painting and design classes for 5 years.
After graduation, Jack was busy with work as an architectural intern, studying for the Architectural exam, and eventually becoming a registered Architect as well as managing and designing projects for Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, Texas A&M University, Howard Payne University, Cisco College as well as the City of Abilene, Taylor County, and Abilene Independent School District and many other clients for the past 40 years. He has designed and managed a variety of projects including academic classroom buildings, performing arts centers, welcome centers, recreation centers, athletic facilities, libraries, zoo exhibits, airport projects, jails, and many other project types.
During the 80's, Jack picked up the paint brushes and began painting again for about a decade, but other time constraints caused a lapse in the art endeavor again.
With retirement in sight and an interest in artistic endeavors to fulfill the desire to be creative in something other than Architecture, Jack is turning again to painting, with an interest in 3D design of jewelry and metal sculpture.