Feature Articles

January 2011

City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC, Features Works by Brian Rego

City Art Gallery located in the Congaree Vista area of Columbia, SC, will present the exhibit, Brian Rego: Recent Oil Paintings, on view from Jan. 26 through Mar. 17, 2012. A reception will be held on Jan. 26, from 6-8pm.

Rego is currently an Adjunct Professor of Figure Drawing and Foundations at the University of South Carolina and an Adjunct Professor of Figure Painting and Figure Drawing at Benedict College in Columbia. A graduate of the University of South Carolina and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, PA, Rego is co-founder of the Perceptual Painters Collective.

Rego says of his newest work, “Amidst the powers of intuition, imagination, and the obscurity of the observed world, lies the bridge of painting that connects the viewer to what is perceived, what is felt, and what is remembered. I paint my subject from life and consider it to be a great joy and an immense struggle. For me, the purpose of painting is to express something that is profoundly human, something sensual, spatial, that settles on the fringe of memory and the observed experience, a reality both strange and familiar.”

Gallery director Wendyth Wells comments, “Since Rego’s return from Philadelphia and the completion of his MFA, I have seen him grow as a man, husband and father, a teacher and most of all as a painter. I believe that his admirers will be pleased to see the introduction of color into his work without gimmickry or purely as a design element. We are very excited to mount this impressive body of work by a young painter with whose promise and passion never wanes.”

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, contact Wendyth Wells at 803/252-3613 or visit (www.cityartonline.com).


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