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"Robert James Foose: A Retrospective"
2002-04-02 until 2002-07-28
University of Kentucky Art Museum
USA United States of America
A retrospective exhibition of paintings and watercolors by Robert James Foose, who, since 1984, has been associate professor in the Department of Art at the University of Kentucky. Known for his painterly oils of Kentucky landscapes and complex still life watercolors, Foose considers himself an abstract painter:
For me, all painting is abstract. The idea itself is abstract. I make paintings that can be easily named ... that is, the viewer knows what the content is. In naming them, I am interested in showing the structures and forms (abstractions) within those parts of nature that I am continually drawn to. (My) oil paintings -- my first after a twenty-five year hiatus -- are fleshed-out versions of earlier concerns. Continuity is not only important to me, it is unavoidable. The agitated frenzy of nature itself barely hides the violence and hope. Though contradictory, both are also very attractive.
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Robert James Foose
Fresh Meat (Blackhawk), 1992
Watercolor on paper, 28 x 20
Courtesy of Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky