Lee Jamison: Ode to East Texas
April 13 - May 5, 2018
From April 13 – May 5, Reaves | Foltz Fine Art presents two concurrent solo exhibitions—Lee Jamison: Ode to East Texas and E. Dan Klepper: The West Texas Mystique—a splendid pairing of exhibitions underscoring the yin and yang of both East and West Texas.
In his first solo exhibition at Reaves | Foltz Fine Art, Huntsville-based painter Lee Jamison leads viewers through a beautiful, nostalgic tour of the glories of East Texas. Forty of his contemporary landscapes will be on display, portraying scenes along the forgotten back roads of East Texas, where past and present are intertwined amidst the piney woods and winding rivers peppered with old courthouses and churches of pioneering days, nestled in the greenery.
As a very young child, Lee Jamison developed an interest in art. He started drawing as soon as he could hold something to make a mark with. He recalls beginning to paint around eight years of age and he was constantly involved in art classes through high school. He chose to major in art at Lon Morris College, a small Methodist junior college in Jacksonville, Texas, and completed his degree at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Jamison feels that drawing is a form of expression, similar to writing, and he simply expresses things he knows through his art. He enjoys working in series which are often rich with historical influence. While he has no set process for creating a work, he describes his paintings as ideas vaguely bubbling up from below. His historical works always begin with a recorded event but the potential connection of historical occurrences to modern-day issues drive him to create pieces compelling to the viewer. Essentially, Jamison’s artwork is his own historical exploration.
Since 1982, Jamison has been a full-time artist. He is known for three major specialties: landscapes in oils (particularly of East and Central Texas), large murals, and historical paintings. His landscapes have been the mainstay of a career spanning a quarter of a century. His mural projects have included major works for the Driskill Hotel in Austin, The University of Texas at Austin, and the Mayborn Museum at Baylor University in Waco. His historical works draw on his knowledge of Texas history and include numerous works on the Texas revolution.
Exhibition Dates and Special Events at Reaves | Foltz
On view April 13 - May 5, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14th, 6-8:30pm
Artist Talk—Lee Jamison: Saturday, April 21th, 2-4pm