Feature Articles

April Issue 2000

Two New Exhibits on View at Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, NC

The Charlotte location of Jerald Melberg Gallery is pleased to annouce two exhibits on view from through May 13. Melberg announces its sixth solo exhibition for Charlotte artist, Richard Stenhouse and a solo exhibition of the works of Victor Richardson of County Cork, Ireland.

Included in this new body of work by Stenhouse are images that offer a slight departure from the atmospheric landscapes for which Stenhouse has received much acclaim.

Known for his intimate, haunting drawings of the South, Stenhouse's most recent work is more closely fashioned after still lifes. The pastels and charcoal on mylar frequently depict random objects situated within atypical settings. In this new series, Stenhouse has chosen to represent various objects in settings inside his own house. Although the images are similar in style, color and composition, the addition of an electrical plug, a potato or a shovel in the living room, bedroom or kitchen makes for an intriguing insight into the artist's private life. It is the small nuances such as the unexpected addition of color to the checkerboard floor and orange paint smeared on the door that bring these pieces to life.

Stenhouse studied architecture at North Carolina State University before pursuing his BA degree in Visual Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He subsequently received his MFA degree in Visual Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Stenhouse has participated in more than sixty solo and group exhibitions, establishing a national reputation. Stenhouse's work can be found in the Asheville Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Duke University Museum and the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte.

Victor Richardson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1952 and currently resides in County Cork, Ireland. Self-taught as an artist, Richardson predominately works with pastels, which have been widely exhibited all across Europe and the United States. His vibrant renderings of formal gardens and natural landscapes of Ireland, England, France and the Southern United States have both the American and European Impressionist spirit, yet they contain a distinctly modern style. Richardson's graceful willows, shimmering water and sweeping vistas manifest a fresh and vivid approach to traditional imagery.

A recent addition to the gallery's stable of artists, Richardson's pastel paintings are executed in a technique that is intensely personal. The endless scattering of his petite points of color vary in density which generate the boundaries that define figures, buildings and the edges of land, sea and sky. His fine strokes create a hollow space within the frame, which compel us to see the picture as a finely structured surface made up of an infinite number of superimposed units upon the paper.

Richardson has participated in more than forty solo and group exhibitions which include the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Royal Watercolor Academy, the Cork Arts Society and the Allied Irish Bank in New York. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Allied Irish Finance Center, the Hibernian Life Association and the Irish Distiller's Jameson Heritage Center.

If in Charleston, SC, please visit our gallery located in the historic district at 8 Vendue Range. We will be opening exhibitions for Raul Diaz, Ernesto Berra and Jon Kuhn on May 5.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings or call the gallery at 704/365-3000 or nc@jeraldmelberg.com. We also invite you to visit our website at (http://www.jeraldmelberg.com).

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