Contemporary artist Michael Pearce’s painting collection entitled “The Secret Paintings” is now open in the Nona Jean Holsey Gallery in Norick Art Center.
Holly Moye, director of the school of visual arts, said the works are representational painting, which is similar to the portraiture and figure drawings students recently practiced.
Pearce’s paintings were on exhibition in California, and will be moving on to Arkansas and Florida after Oklahoma.
Moye said the Nona Jean Holsey Gallery frequently brings in artwork from contemporary artists.
“We are a contemporary gallery that is focused on bringing shows of regional and national emerging artists,” Moye said.
Jordan Dorsey, acting junior, said he was glad with the opportunities this kind of gallery provides.
“It’s good when credited artists can come on campus and share their work. It’s a good opportunity,” Dorsey said.
Pearce’s exhibition opened on Monday, Aug. 21 in the Nona Jean Holsey Gallery. It will remain until Oct. 20.
Madelyn Parker, art and English junior, said she highly recommends the exhibition, and enjoys one painting, “The Chariot,” in particular. She said the three panels of the painting are rich with content.
“All of his paintings are different, but they all give off an air of the mystique,” Parker said.
There will be a short artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. on September 1 in the Nona Jean Holsey Gallery. There will be a public reception later that day in the same place. Pearce will also do a teaching demonstration for the drawing class at 2:30 p.m. on August 31 in the main studio space in Norick Art Center.