FLIGHT PATTERNS, 40 X 40 inches, Acrylic

"WORKING FROM LIFE: THREE WOMEN'S VIEWS"

On view starting January 30th, 2021

an exhibition curated by Artist Patrick Palmer

Curator Statement

January 2021

It has been a true honor to put together the artwork for this beautiful exhibit. While all three of these artists have been continuing their studio practices with the Glassell School of Art, I have not thought of them as students, but rather seasoned artists having access to discussions and mentorship in an ideal environment. Each of these talented individuals are figurative artists interpreting life in a uniquely individual and immediately identifiable way. They all use their experience with models and from their own life’s experiences to convey very separate and compelling narratives. The manner in which these artists make their innovative color choices and use their skills for interpreting the figure in real life, brings us into their storylines in unique and extraordinary ways.

Robin Mouton is a master at both color and line; her works resemble drawn and painted tapestries. Her line-work is beautiful, varied and complex. The palette choices are driven purely by her observations in nature, in particular from her garden. Mary Broadie Morgan’s works capture amazing segments of time, freezing the moments that with which we all can identify. Mary’s rich palette and energetic brush strokes, so masterfully handled, allow us to imagine nature at its best, capturing those perfect days and the essence of our ever-changing physical world. Cynthia Wisener uses clay and glazes as her canvas and paints. She sculpts marvelous stories about the figure and then subtly glazes them in color. Her current inspiration is regarding the re-interpretation of famous masterpieces that we have known all of our lives. We see that Cynthia has re-invented Velazquez’s Infanta, joined Manet’s picnic, studied Vincent’s self-portraits, and among many other images, has even had time to go to Easter Island! 

The work of all three of these remarkable artists is so profound, it was very difficult to select only a few pieces. Each of them has several very distinct bodies of work; I specifically chose to isolate one grouping from each artist rather than to show an entire overview of their work. I am honored to not only know these three amazing women but to have their trust in putting together this exhibit. I am certain that we will be seeing much more from Robin, Mary and Cynthia!

Patrick Palmer, January 2021

Patrick Palmer


Curator

 
FLIGHT PATTERNS, 40 X 40 inches, Acrylic

MARY BROADIE MORGAN

Painting

"My artistic concerns explore a means of expressing a reality which takes into account a series of moments over time -a presentation of what is truthful to my perception and interpretation of the dynamic world that surrounds us. Light and the aesthetic of movement drive these investigations"

Mary has a BFA from the University of Kansas and a MFA from Wichita State University where she taught full time before relocating to Houston.

Drawing

"A study of myth is a study of human fallibility.  It is a darkness that attracts me. I have always wanted to live 'back then' with the old gods: Odin wandering disguised among the common people. Circe turning men into swine. Medusa's garden heavy with stone corpses of sailors The blood smeared visage of the terrible minotaur. All embody the beauty and calamity of what existence was and is"

Sculpture

"It is with humor, wonder and curiosity that I attempt to show the intersection of emotions and physical being. My latest works are inspired in art history and I have added a layer of artistic interpretation"

 

MEET THE CURATOR

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Patrick M. Palmer, gifted artist and artistic mentor to many, is the Dean at The Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as well as Faculty Chair of its Studio School and Department Head of Art History.  He earned a BA from the University of California/Santa Barbara in 1977 and an MFA from Arizona State University in 1979. Palmer has been teaching at The Glassell School of Art, MFAH for 30 years and has been Dean for 10 years. Throughout his 40+ years of painting, Palmer placed works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and many other prestigious museum and university collections.  Palmer’s current paintings revisit an often examined theme abstracted figures/heads edged with some psychological intrigue.