"Henri Linton: Landscapes of the South" is on exhibit through Sunday, Aug. 6, in the Strauss Gallery at the Arkansas Arts Center, 10th and Commerce streets in Little Rock.
Linton has been chairman of the art department at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff for 20 years. During this time, he has created hundreds of paintings depicting the Arkansas landscape and has had showings in museums and art galleries throughout the South. This exhibition is a retrospective of his work between 1998-2000.
Art has been a part of Linton's life since childhood. Growing up in Alabama, he spent much of his time painting and visiting museums. He even worked odd jobs such as shining shoes to painting signs to pay for arts supplies. He entered a national art contest and won a four-year scholarship to Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. Linton went on to earn a bachelor of fine arts from Boston University, then a master's degree in art from the University of Cincinnati Graduate School of Fine Arts.
While attending Boston University, Linton was offered a position at UAPB by John Howard, then chairman of the new art department at the university. After a sabbatical to work toward his master's degree, Linton accepted the offer and eventually succeeded Howard as department chair in 1970.
Over the years, Linton's artistic output has evolved into a unique view of landscapes. "Why landscapes? I paint landscapes because they are everywhere I go," explained Linton. "There is so much of it. They give me a frame of reference. They tell me where I am. They tell me that I am alive when I awake in the morning. The beauty and power of nature makes me feel good to be alive. ... I want my paintings to evoke the same feeling."
The artist has said that his paintings can be viewed as abstractions of light, patterns and mass, and how those elements come together as an abstract equivalent of a beautiful landscape.
Linton will give a talk about his show and lead a tour at 7 p.m. Friday, July 7, in the Strauss Gallery. A color brochure also accompanies the exhibition.
For more information, call 372-4000 or log on to www.arkart.com.
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