Featuring balanced, geometric, textured paintings alongside those with washes of color with zips and streaks, Paper: 45 Years evaluates Rector’s extensive 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 splits his time between a studio in the woods of South Louisiana and another studio in the Colorado Rockies. The two locations influence his color palette, allowing him to concentrate on veils of color reminiscent of the hazy Louisiana humidity and pure, crisp colors evocative of the light in Colorado.
Through extensive experimentation with surface treatments and an architectural approach to composition, Rector has built a body of work that extends the legacy of abstract expressionism while also incorporating elements of his personal reflection. Rarely picking up a paintbrush, Rector’s works on paper are as much paintings as they are studies of form.
Rector received his BFA and MFA from Louisiana State University. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, including a recent retrospective at the Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge; The Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga; and Gremillion and Company, Houston and Austin. His work is in numerous collections around the globe.