Reception with the Artist: Saturday, December 7 (7-9 PM)
Featuring live music by Chris Richter
The art of Sam Ivie, an artist born in Midland, Texas, who now lives in North Texas, is primarily figurative work in the form of portraiture and invented imagery with careful gradations of value and color. Ink drawings, which bear similarities to graphite, are created with dots or line through a meticulous surface process. Portraits make statements about individual depiction, while invented paintings or drawings are autobiographical in nature.
The images in this exhibition are watercolors and ink drawings created by the artist over the past several years. The newest images consist of line drawings that are based on their ball point counterparts – these works are experiments with positive and negative space utilizing the strength of black and white forms as they are played off of one another.
All of these works on paper form one aspect of the artist’s work. The artist’s connection with work on paper, whether it be in painting or drawing, is largely because of his background in drawing. This exhibition highlights the validity of work on paper in a world where other mediums often dominate.