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AC hosting Gallery for Clyde Downs

LUFKIN, March 4, 2013-- Angelina College Gallery is pleased to present the oil paintings of Professor Clyde Downs in an exhibition, “Landscapes of the American Southwest: Oil Paintings by Clyde Downs” opening on Tuesday, March 5, and running through March 27, in the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery.

There will be a public reception for the artist from 6 to 7:30 p.m., on March 5. Both the reception and the gallery are free of charge and open to the public.  

Clyde Downs is a professor of painting and printmaking at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He holds a BA in Advertising Design from Louisiana College and an MFA from Stephen F. Austin University

Downs is a native of Louisiana and grew up in the Alexandria/Pineville area. He was influenced by the works of N.C.Wyeth, Howard Pyle and Dr. Seuss he encountered in the public library as a child. Later comics and the work of Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, and Dick Sprang influenced him to study art in college. It was in college that his Vincent Van Gogh’s works led Downs to pursue a career in painting.

Downs has taught painting and printmaking at Northwestern State University since 1991. In addition, he also teaches courses in Illustration and Sequential Art. He has exhibited both regionally and nationally with works recently accepted in a National Landscape Competition in Bethesda, Maryland; and in the Alexandria Museum's National Exhibition, the September Competition.

In addition to his works centered on the scenery located in his home state of Louisiana, Downs has drawn inspiration during recent trips to the American Southwest from the landscapes of west Texas and New Mexico – a trip made possible from a Faculty Enhancement Grant. Each year he leads students on a summer painting expedition in New Mexico.

Downs says of his work, “The works in this exhibition reflect my interest in the natural world. The wonders of the natural world present the artist with a wide range of experience and visual forms which can be used as a launch pad for visual interpretation and experimentation. The landscape paintings in this exhibition allow for experimentation of color choices and emotional voicings. Thus the ‘rendering’ or depiction of an exact landscape is not the aim of these images. Instead the inspiration of ‘real’ landscapes has led to the depiction of inner emotional landscapes.

Photo: This painting, titled “Western Road 1”, is one of the works scheduled for display as Angelina College hosts ““Landscapes of the American Southwest: Oil Paintings by Clyde Downs.” Photo courtesy of Angelina College.

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