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SFA exhibition to feature detailed work of intaglio artist Wood
Posted 08 - 28 - 2014

An exhibition that runs Aug. 28 through Oct. 17 in Griffith Gallery on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus will feature the detailed work of Northwest artist Thomas Wood.

“Myth & Metaphor: The Intaglio Prints of Thomas Wood” will feature an exhibition of 45 prints by Wood, who has created narrative and mythical metaphors about the world through his detailed prints, according to John Handley, director of art galleries for SFA’s School of Art.

“Whether dealing with a landscape or the reinvention of some place or still life, Wood’s use of line, composition and subject matter is masterful,” Handley said.

Wood has been compared to old masters such as Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528) and Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1415 – 1516) in his continuation of the art of printmaking, Handley explained.

“He often incorporates multiple techniques in a single print, including etching, aquatint, mezzotint and Chine collé,” Handley said.

Wood lives in Bellingham, Wash., located at the northern end of Puget Sound. Many of his landscapes bear a resemblance to those of the artist Helen Loggie (1895 – 1976), who also lived and worked in the area, according to Handley.

“Both artists capture the essence of the area’s landscape – the trees, undergrowth and hills – that seem unique to Northwest Washington,” he said.

The presentation of Wood’s prints coincides with the School of Art’s fall curriculum, Handley said. Neal Cox, professor of art, will teach both beginning and advanced students in intaglio print methods. 

The opening reception will be from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, in Griffith Gallery, located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. Light refreshments will be served.  

This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

All SFA art exhibitions, receptions are free. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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