New Orleans, October 13, 2018
The Angela King Gallery to present artist, Aaron Reichert’s “The Past is Present”- an introduction to the mysteries within
In the Angela King Gallery, internationally collected artist, Aaron Reichert, will be presenting "The Past is Present", Iconic portraits introducing the mysteries within.
“I like what black and white does to a person’s face. When I started painting seriously, in 2007, it was with the idea of achieving something in black and white on a large scale. I have always gravitated toward black and white expression. It has always fit well, felt right.
I wanted to work with a medium that dripped and bled and did its own thing.”
Aaron Reichert does not paint to music, as many artists do, he paints to spoken words — listening to
dialogue as movies stream in the background. The affinity with words developed early in his life. His
adopted mother was an English teacher; she introduced him to the novels of Theodore Dreiser.
Writing fiction became an unfulfilled dream, but art became his life. “I enjoyed drawing long before I
could read. First thing I ever drew were hearts and I drew thousands of them. The same heart, over
and over. Once I got a little older, around fifth grade, I started drawing portraits. I’ve done mostly
portraiture ever since.”
Painting portraits – mostly American portraits – to spoken words from films – mostly American films–
Is what relates Reichert to his upbringing in the Midwest. Artists born in that great section of the
country seem to have a special visual grasp of America. They seem to have an innate inclination to
develop ways to communicate images of an America not just as scenery, but also as a state of mind.
From Thomas Hart Benton to Grant Wood to Georgia O’Keeffe to Tom Wesselmann, we find powerful
imagery of America’s scenes, passions, feelings and thoughts. If this can be called a tradition, then it
is the tradition that Aaron Reichert, a Michigander raised in Hartland, has followed and
enriched through his black and white portraiture.
What is a portrait? In Reichert’s work, the portrait is an introduction to the mysteries within. “I am most
captivated by the mysteries within individuals. As far as inspiration, that is my biggest factor, a sense
of the mysterious.” Reichert’s technique allows him to create the sense that the face (or figure) is not
just a “scene’, it is a portal to an undiscovered state of mind. He starts by painting his canvas black.
With exquisite control of the pallet knife, he then layers markings, white over black, black over white,
again, and again, playing with transparencies, charting careful lines then breaking them all up, until he
feels that the image is exciting, deep and balanced. “I would like for people who view my portraits and
figure studies to come away feeling the care behind each piece and to be excited by the worlds
within, the abstractions and micro paintings.”
Tuesday, October 9, 2018- November 13, 2018
Opening Reception- Artist in Attendance:
October 13, 2018- 7-9pm
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