Recent paintings by artist Andrew Havenhand will be on view in Hunt Gallery at Mary Baldwin University September 3 – 28. Born in 1957 in Yorkshire, England, Havenhand studied at Jacob Kramer College of Art in Yorkshire from 1975 to 76, and in 1979 earned his undergraduate degree in fine art from the Cardiff College of Art in Wales. Influenced by American abstract expressionist painting, and desiring to study in the United States, he moved to New York City in 1980 where he enrolled in the graduate painting program at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Two years later, the allure of green fields and rolling hills brought Havenhand to Virginia, where in 1984 he earned an MFA in painting from The School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
The paintings in the exhibition are large-scale geometric abstractions that explore the boundaries between the decorative and the ideals anchored in the modernist tradition of nonrepresentational painting. The have all been completed since 1999. Havenhand has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions the last 20 years, showing at venues such as the McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA; the University of Arizona; the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; and the Stone Gallery at the University Of North Carolina, Greensboro. Havenhand was awarded a Virginia Museum professional fellowship in 1987, and his work is in a number of public and private collections, including the Sydney and Francis Lewis collection in Richmond and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
An opening reception will be held for the artist on Thursday, September 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Hunt Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the College’s academic year.