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October 13, 2006

ULM painting professor exhibits at Dunbar Art Gallery

The Dunbar Art Gallery at Grambling State University is currently showing a One-person Exhibition of Landscape Paintings by Robert G. Ward. The artist is a professor of painting in the division of art at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Ward began his current landscape series in the early 1990s. The collection of 21 acrylic on canvas paintings on display at GSU is approximately half of the body of work produced in this series.

With each painting Ward has endeavored to seek a new solution in the maturation of a given work. In his opinion, the same solution achieved in a series shows a lack of creativity; conversely, an employment of the theme and variation concept is a more satisfying device in the completion of an artistic composition.

Considered to be a colorist by his contemporaries, Ward will manipulate a seemingly completed work for a lengthy period of time in order to instigate unusual and unique manipulations of color within the landscape genre explored in this series. With the artist, color is paramount within his aesthetic, and the landscape image is merely a vehicle to this end.

This exhibition will be on view through Oct. 26. Dunbar Art Gallery is open from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Ward presented a gallery talk to GSU students and other guests on Thursday, Oct. 5.

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