Jim Cantrell Paintings at Grand Theatre Gallery
The Grand Theatre is delighted to announce an exhibition of paintings by distinguished Kentucky artist Jim Cantrell in the gallery located on the second floor of the theatre at 308 St. Clair Street, Frankfort, now through March 5, 2016. The gallery is open Thursdays from 11:00am to 2:00pm, during Grand Theatre events, and by appointment by calling the box office at (502) 352-7469. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016, from 5:00pm until 8:00pm, as part of the Downtown Frankfort ArtWalk.
Jim Cantrell paints primarily with oils and watercolors. He describes his technique as abstracted realism. His forte is the human figure encompassing masterful composition & technique. For this exhibition Cantrell has included several large compositions touching on theatre and performance, appropriate to a gallery located in a performing arts venue.
Many of these works display an otherworldly atmosphere, conveying what John Streetman, Director of the Evansville Museum of Arts & Science, describes as “narrative intrigue.” Henry Adams of the Cleveland Museum of Fine Art has praised Cantrell as “an artist who transforms raw tubes of paint into designs and images, filled with pattern, meaning, illusion, and pictorial depth. His nuances of color, texture, or shape take on a fascinating life of their own, similar to, and yet recognizably separate from, the world of actual things.”
A native of Oklahoma and raised in eastern Nebraska, Cantrell earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1958 and his Master of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1965 with a double emphasis in ceramics & painting. He began his distinguished career as a teacher. In 1971 he established himself as an independent studio artist in Bardstown, Kentucky where he continues to work.
Cantrell’s paintings can be seen in major public and private collections. Participating in over 200 solo, group, and juried exhibitions, he has been the recipient of many awards, including two fellowship grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and from the Southern Arts Federation. He was named Alumna of the Year for Creative Achievement at the University of Northern Colorado in 2000. In 2005 he was awarded a $7500.00 Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council.
For more information call 502-352-7469 or visit grandtheatrefrankfort.org