Sticks and Stones: an Abstraction by Jim Terrell


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Sticks and Stones: an Abstraction” by Jim Terrell

March  4- 26, 2016

Opening Reception  March 4, 2016, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

(Tulsa, OK) – The Tulsa Artists’ Coalition is pleased to present “Sticks and Stones: an Abstraction” by Jim Terrell, March 4 through March 26, 2016. The public will have the opportunity to meet the artist Jim Terrell at the opening reception on Friday March 4, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm. This exhibit remains up through Saturday, March 26.  The TAC Gallery is located at 9 East M. B. Brady, Tulsa. This event is free and open to the public and is part of the Brady Arts District’s First Friday Art Crawl.

Here is how Jim Terrell describes the inspiration for and approach to his paintings:

“These abstractions are based upon sticks, branches, twigs, stone walls, and other natural geological formations. Each work is derived from these shapes utilizing both positive and negative shapes. The use of negative spaces is often the emphasis in composition as well as being equal to positive spaces.  I freely take subtle colors of nature and explode them into highly intense colorful relationships.”

“While each canvas has its start within nature, they are not landscapes.  I want to take each one to a place as close to non-objective as possible without losing original context.  I want to retain the concept of “treeness” and “stoniness” while retaining some of their organic feelings. A couple of arraignments of sticks and stones will be included to support the concept.”

Jim Terrell spent much of his teaching career at the Art Department of Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, serving as its Chairman for fourteen years. Next he chaired Art, Music and Humanities Department of Northeastern State University in Tahlequah from which he retired. He has juried art exhibitions and presented art demonstrations throughout Oklahoma. In 2015, he opened his studio to the public during the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Open Studio Tour.

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