July 16 - July 29, 2010
Rodney Hatfield - Birthmark
Rodney Hatfield is primarily a self-taught artist who has learned much by studying Life, the human condition and the works of his predecessors. Hatfield first made a name for himself decades ago as a blues musician. Back then, painting was a private affair. When he finally decided to share his work with the world, Hatfield signed his paintings, “Art Snake,” a play on the phrase “art for art’s sake.” That signature gives us much insight into the man and his work.
Like his music, Hatfield’s art is spontaneous, intuitive, heartfelt and improvisational. His brightly-colored canvases evoke emotion. His characters have a flawed familiarity about them, reminding us of half-forgotten personalities buried deep in our own subconscious, or perhaps lurking behind the face in the mirror.
Hatfield’s latest portraits of enigmatic beings and paintings of their abstract environs will be on display at the gallery beginning July 16th. The artists also creates quirky sculptures from found objects, so there may be a few 3-dimensional works of art to enjoy as well.
The opening reception for Hatfield’s newest exhibit, Birthmark, will provide a wonderful opportunity to meet this delightful Louisville artist in person. Reception begins at 5 on Friday evening, July 16th.
The Hatfield exhibit may be viewed online at: www.selbyfleetwoodgallery.com