AUGUST 9 // RUTH LOVELAND, KALEE JONES W., BRAD HILL

Featured in our gallery for the month of August is the work of Oklahoma artists Ruth Loveland, Kalee Jones W., and Brad Hill.

Learn more about these artists at:
https://www.instagram.com/ruthbloveland/
https://www.instagram.com/kaleejonesw/
https://www.instagram.com/brdhll/

Join us Thursday, August 9th from 6-9pm for the Exhibition Opening and Artist Reception. Or join us the following night for our opening during the 2nd Friday Live on the Plaza from 6-10pm.

Exhibition Opening + Artist Reception: Thursday, August 9th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: Friday, August 10th // 6pm-10pm
Exhibit Runs August 9th - September 9th

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KALEE JONES W. //

What is your medium and process?
oil on canvas. My process is color driven and not attached to outcome.  I work with a delicate balance of focus and spontaneity to compose kaleidoscopic paintings, often housing camouflaged figurations that surface along the way.

Where are you from?
born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma, steeped in Colorado.

How did you get started?
I had an awesome mother that fostered my creativity.

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How would you describe your latest body of work?
saturated, layered

What inspires you?
all the things

What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?
spirited away

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What are your goals for the future?
balance

What advice do you have to artists?
be open to your own evolution; have the discernment to recognize when your old tricks no longer serve your work.

 

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RUTH LOVELAND //

What is your medium and process?
I work in oils, acrylics and with ink. I like to have many pieces going at any given time and like to work on them in batches.

Where are you from?
South Side OKC

How did you get started?
I have always been a person who draws. I started painting in as a teenager and have incorporated art making into a daily process since then.

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How would you describe your latest body of work?
My latest body of work of rainbows is titled : Halo Family. I am exploring the rainbow in a abstract and poetic way through repeating the same painting many times and in different sizes. I am exploring my own mythology of the rainbow and painting it as an almost graphic object. The light hangs in an incorrect prismatic order with ragged edges, like a coat. The landscapes sink like sediment. Mountains sharp and perilous, sometimes soft and rolling and as private as a body.  I am attracted to the obsessive and allow it to come out in my work.

What inspires you?
What doesn’t? I experience the world through layered perception and feel inspired by the elements of nature, emotion, human relationships, and the spiritual landscape all piling up, working together, and intersecting.

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What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?
Actually non-fiction: Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets

What are your goals for the future?
I hope to continue to evolve my work. My ultimate goal is to pick up more gallery representation in places I want to visit (New Orleans, Austin, New Mexico, Washington.) And to paint bigger. Paint smaller. And paint better.

What advice do you have to artists?
Keep working! Do it everyday. Don’t expect everyone to love what you do and keep going, keep refining your technique and playing up your strengths.

 

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BRAD HILL //

What is your medium and process?
I use acrylics and a ballpoint pen. Areas of acrylic are painted to then be framed or closed off by the pen. I don't ever have a plan for how a piece is going to look. I select colors and let the tools/materials lead the way.

Where are you from?
Norman

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How did you get started?
I took a few art classes in college. I enjoyed screenprinting but my lack of patience/perfection meant a lot of my work was an edition of 1, haha. I've only been painting and drawing for two years now. I wanted to do something besides looking at my phone all day, so a spare room in my house was converted into a studio.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
These pieces are my attempt to transform familiar landscapes and objects into abstract snapshots. I want each piece to feel fleeting, like a photograph taken of a place that has already changed.

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What inspires you?
Nature walks, music

What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?
Anything my wife makes.

What are your goals for the future?
Keep working and expressing myself.

What advice do you have to artists?
Go outside.

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