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November 2011

City of North Charleston Gallery Features Works by Juie Rattley III

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department will present the exhibit, New Faces and Places, featuring works by North Carolina artist Juie Rattley III, on view at the North Charleston City Gallery, located in the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston, SC, from Nov. 1-30, 2011.

In this exhibition Rattley presents oil paintings of portraits and landscapes in the tradition of Lucian Freud, Nicolai Fechin, and John Singer Sargent. The exhibition is the artist’s first in South Carolina and will showcase up to 20 works, all of which are inspired by his life.

“I view my work as a tool to create a visual document to freeze time,” Rattley explains. “When I am caught in the moment of painting, I use my hands and my paint as a record of my life.” This concept is particularly evident in his series of self-portraits.

Hatched from the pain of losing his best friend, Curtis DeAngelo “DD” Lennon, during an apparent home invasion in 2007, Rattley believes the portraits have become his way of coping. “I have always felt that if I created paintings about my life, I would stay true to myself as a painter and would always have something to paint about,” he says.

Rattley was born in Lumberton, NC, and raised in a small community outside of Whiteville, NC. He received a BFA at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was awarded the Adelaide Fortune Holderness Fellowship and the Maud Gatewood Painting Scholarship. He has exhibited in venues throughout North Carolina and teaches in Guilford County Schools as part of an outreach program sponsored by the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art. He currently resides in Kernersville, NC.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or visit (www.northcharleston.org).

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