Meridian Star


April 14, 2013

From Mississippi to Louisiana ...

MMA showcases art by Mississippians Gary and Jacob Walters, Louisiana native Aaron Reichert


MERIDIAN —      Aaron Reichert returns to Meridian Museum of Art after being featured in MMA's 2011 international exhibit, The Energy Spectrum. His current exhibit at the Meridian museum is titled "Women."

    The New Orleans painter was initially a sculptor. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago, then spent several years as a theatrical actor before returning fully to fine art.     Reichert's works focus on faces – famous and non famous – but expressive in black and white. His drawing/painting style is described as giving an expressiveness that draws one into the portrait; the longer one looks at them, the more one sees.

    “I paint human beings and I expect that will not change," Reichert says in his Artist's Statement. "My interest has always been individuals. Extinguishing color, I sheer away vanity to present humanity that is alive while in decay. Just as we are. These works are done in acrylic. Textural effects are achieved within a series of layers. Loose washes inform the lines that move thru the piece. There is an inch-by-inch plotting of detail. Some themes: The mystery of living and dying. A need for permanence within a reality without permanence. Conflict, empathy.”      

    Aaron’s most recent solo show, "Faces in the Hallway," opened in 2011 at Steve Martin Fine Art.  Jupiter Art Projects and Steve Martin Fine Art housed solo exhibitions in 2010, respectively, "An American Consciousness" and "Faces." In 2012, he was featured in “Nola Now: The Human Figure” at New Orleans' Contemporary Arts Center. In late 2010, he participated in "Emerge," a cross-section of New Orleans artists presented at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (later compiled and published as “The Saratoga Collection"). His work was seen in 2010 at The Affordable Art Fair in New York City and at 2011's Fountain in Miami.

    Following his show at Meridian Museum of Art, Reichert will present "Certain Humanity," another collection of figures and portraiture, in Los Angeles with Untitled Art Projects.

     According to MMA Director Kate Cherry, Reichert was paired with The Walters because their works complement each other.

    " The vibrant color of Gary’s watercolors, the dynamics of Jacob’s designs, and the extinguishing color in Aaron’s work will be great contrasts," Cherry said. "The viewer will see three different approaches to painting. Each artist has a unique style and the viewer will be able to see works by three extraordinary artists which are exciting."

    Cherry added that each of the artists are exemplary in their mediums.

    "Gary paints with watercolors, Jacob paints with oils, and Aaron paints with acrylics," she said. "Their works should appeal to all art enthusiasts, but especially to those who like a strong element of realism, while letting creativity and imagination dictate the final outcome of the work.”

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