Featuring balanced, geometric textures alongside those with washes of color with zips and streaks, Paper: 45 Years evaluates Rector’s extensive abstract painting career. Thick blocks of color and gestural marks slashed across the surface create a tension in each composition not unlike two opposing sides of human nature: the ordered and rational, the instinctive and spontaneous.
Of Rector’s work, arts critic Fredric Koeppel says, “we could call these dichotomies visionary theaters that offer a vivid contrast between restraint and passion, almost between classicism and romanticism. In such manner, with almost Puritanical devotion, Rector cajoles viewers into a mood of speculative deliberation that seeks to harmonize what seems to be the incongruity of surface, mood, hue and gesture.”
“Rector’s work brims with these essential characteristics, yet the present collection of works on paper covering a 45-year span reveals an artist experimentally extending his technique and practice, his judgement and intuition, expanding on forays into thaw the English Romantic poet John Keats defined as “negative capability,” that is, the capacity to work in uncertainty and doubt while maintaining the momentum of commitment and energy.”
Rector received his BFA and MFA from Louisiana State University. For many years he split time between studios in the South Louisiana woods, and high in the Colorado Rockies, although now Slaughter, Louisiana is his full-time studio. His work is in numerous public collections around the globe, including the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, the Ogdon Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana State University collection, University of Texas at Austin, and the US Embassy in Albania.