Stellers Gallery at Ponte Vedra Beach will exhibit the work of nationally-recognized and award winning, prominent artists Henry Von Genk III, Thomas Hager and Jim Draper on Friday, October 14 from 6 pm until 9 pm. According to Hillary Whitaker, Stellers Gallery owner, the show titled, “In the Terrain of Water” will feature existing collections and new themes by the three renowned creative forces who all focus on bold landscapes and environmentally themed canvases designed to enlighten the viewer with vignettes about the old and new Florida, and the southeast.
As a self-taught artist who works in oils, Henry Von Genk III was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and now resides with his family in Atlantic Beach. After a long and successful career executing murals for museums and clients around the world, Von Genk focused more personally on his life long destiny of creating fine art.
His art work reflects the play of sunlight on the State’s natural beauty, and is generally devoid of man made intrusions. According to Von Genk, he portrays his home state, Florida, as it was and as it should be. He was selected for the 2011 and 2013 Featured Artist of the Year exhibits by the St. Johns Riverkeeper and was also invited to serve as one of the artists for the Southeastern Wildlife Expo during the 2009 through 2017 shows.
Thomas Hager is a distinguished artist who has been producing compelling works of art for more than 20 years. Hager’s recent works celebrate the Florida coastal landscape by simplifying it to its least common denominator. He presents his landscapes in formal compositions of simple elegance that play on abstraction; his use of subtle color –light blues, grays, and turquoise–results in a calming, therapeutic visual experience.
Using overlays of textures to create illusions of etching like surfaces, the artwork pays homage to Hager’s love of art history and historic photographic processes. His preoccupation with presenting the landscape in a square format as Hager explains, “conceptualizes the landscape bringing it closer to abstraction”. He adds, “The landscape is my point of departure in creating a pure composition of line, shape, color, and form.” Exploiting the elegance of simple color and composition to acknowledge the grandeur of the Florida coastal landscape is the foundation of Thomas Hager’s new works.
Jim Draper grew up in Kosciusko, Mississippi, the geographical center of the state. His work includes drawings, paintings, photography, videos, and writings inspired by journeys into the wilds of Florida and Georgia. Based in Jacksonville, he is currently the coordinator for the University of North Florida‘s (UNF) art galleries. Draper’s work includes Full Immersion, a serial program that critically explores ways in which the natural order informs the structures and behaviors of the human experience. He is developing a site-specific installation and body of work entitled The Ditch, a visual reconciliation of the disturbed landscape.
For more information on this exhibit, visit stellersgallery.com or call 904-396-9492.