Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Figurative Work by Jeanet Ingalls and Anki King

Two Woman Art Show Explores the Female Figure
Naked Opens at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts


Come join us for a two person art show exhibition opening exploring female figure art.  The show, entitled Naked, features a Berkshire County artist Jeanet Ingalls, paired with a Norwegian artist, Anki King, who currently resides in Brooklyn. The artists, both female, are united by their use of figurative work to evoke a variety of emotions.

At the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in downtown Pittsfield, located at 28 Renne Avenue.

The public is invited to the opening reception to be held Saturday, November 13 from 5pm to 7pm.

Anki King Biography:
Anki King grew up in a small village in Norway. After completing her arts education in Oslo, Norway, she moved to New York City in 1994 where she studied at The Art Students League until 1998. She describes her paintings as using the human form as a vehicle of evoking subtle emotions as a tool of education to one’s own psyche. In New York, King has built a strong career as a painter and exhibits frequently both in Europe and in the USA. Her work is included in many private and public collections and she has exhibited at the Katonah Museum of Art, NY, Las Cruces Museum of Art, NM and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Tokyo. She recently won the 2010 London International Creative Competition.

Anki King explains her creative process: “When I start a painting, I don’t have a goal—I don’t set out to make something pretty. The paintings tell me what to do and what they need, including the palette, which is always limited. You have to hunt for the colors. I suppose they’re more precious that way, just like everything else in the painting that is revealed only after some time and effort.”

Jeanet Ingalls Biography:
Until Jeanet Ingalls was seven, adopted by missionaries and brought to Lenox Massachusetts, she spent her days running through the streets, carrying cement blocks and diving for coins in the canals of Cagyan de Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines. Later, while studying art at Parsons School of Design, the impressions and memories of her childhood bled into her paintings, contextualized by her inquiry into the place of women in the human condition; the objectification of women through their sexuality; and motherhood. In her work, Jeanet is trying to find the strength and structure in the human body ravaged by life.

Her work has appeared at the Lauren Clark Gallery in Housatonic, Massachusetts, The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, and the F Collective in Hudson, New York. She was the costume designer and producer of the feature length film, “Dressed like a Hitman” and is currently working on a feature film titled “Between Sea and Sky” based on her early childhood in the Philippines.

The paintings are raw, catching the figures in moments of stillness and unconscious and unembarrassed self revelation. Inherent in the paintings are all the emotions, psychology and states of being read into the word itself: Naked. Jeanet Ingalls notes, “In my portraits and figures, my subjects are contorted by the hardships and struggles and the sheer biomorphic effort to transform pain into discovery of self. “

The Venue:
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is a community arts center located at 28 Renne Avenue in downtown Pittsfield, the largest city in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. The Center host art shows, classes, workshops, performances, meetings, events, and rehearsals, and features an art gallery with changing exhibits, a pottery studio with classes, a darkroom, nine working artist studios, and a community room. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5pm, and admission is free. For more information, please call 413.499.9348, email mmoyborgen@pittsfieldch.com or visit http://www.culturalpittsfield.com/.

Naked is scheduled to run from November 13th until January 8th, 2011. Please note that the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will v be closed for the holidays December 22, 2010-January 1, 2011. For more information about Anki King and her work, please visit her website: http://www.ankiking.com/. For more information about Jeanet Ingalls and her work, please visit her website: http://www.jinsix.com/.

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesdays – Saturdays 12 PM to 5 PM Free admission

Gallery is closed December 22, 2010-January 1, 2011

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