JBU Welcomes Chicago Painter Dan Addington

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"Veils of Morning" by Dan Addington

Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 3, 2008) - John Brown University will welcome the works of Chicago painter Dan Addington to the JBU Art Gallery. The exhibit “Monument and Memory” will kick off with an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. with the artist giving a Gallery Talk at 6:45. The exhibition will run through Sunday, Dec 14. Addington’s work is based on his recent travels throughout Europe and has been shown in group and solo exhibitions across the United States. He is known for his work with wax and tar, and often lectures on encaustic painting, an ancient technique that involves molten beeswax. Addington says: “In the last ten years, travels in Europe and Ireland have had a profound visual effect on my work. Upon returning from that first trip through Ireland, I began a series of paintings initially inspired by feelings and imagery experienced there. These influences were coupled with my own already established love of medieval and gothic forms, historical European religious subject matter, and Irish history. At this time I also began to aggressively explore the use of alternative, often organic materials like wax, tar, wood, and fabric to achieve a more elemental and tactile connection with the work. The exploration of ideas about memory, history, and the passage of time have become an important part of this process.” Addington has lived and worked in Chicago since 1993 after receiving a BA in Art and Theatre from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA; an MA in Art from Arkansas State University; and an MFA in Painting from Illinois State University in Bloomington/Normal. In his free time, Addington spends time with his son Aedric and plays guitar and sings in “Blind Anabaptist Blues,” a band that performs regularly in the Chicago area. The JBU Art Gallery is located in JBU’s art building on the main campus in Siloam Springs. Normal gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. For additional information or to set up a special showing for your organization, contact JBU’s Department of Visual Arts at (479) 238-8561. All gallery exhibits are free and open to the public

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