New egg tempera offered
Every five years The Bennington Center for the Arts hosts the Artists for the New Century exhibit at its beautiful facility in Bennington, VT. Instead of choosing pieces for the show by juried selection, the artists are invited by the editors of the major representational fine art magazines and asked to enter a painting. Over forty artists are participating and I am honored to be included.
The magazines that selected the artists include Art of the West, Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art and in years past this has proven to be a very impressive exhibition. The works are representational paintings, offered for sale, and the exhibit will be on display from September 9 through December 23, 2017 at the Bennington Center in Bennington, VT.
The painting I have entered is an egg tempera piece entitled, "Leaving Home" measuring 30 x 24 inches.
In this painting, a young woman is leaving her home and family, the surroundings where she has found security and comfort, to venture out and explore new possibilities for her future. She is hesitant yet confident, anxious yet excited. Ultimately she knows it is time.
Egg tempera is a delicate medium made from egg yolks and powdered pigments. It is a water soluble mixture that builds form through layers and layers of thin paint strokes that have an intrinsically transparent nature. Light penetrates down and bounces back up capturing color in a way that is unlike any other medium.
Jason Drake is an American realist painter whose work is focused on the landscape, the figure, and the objects that stir our memories. His style elevates uniqueness over the banal, the deep spark over the quick flash. He believes that his art should lift you up, elevate your perspective and help you hold onto things that have meaning.
Paintings in oil have comprised most of Jason’s body of work but a recent focus on egg tempera has produced his most exciting pieces yet. Studying Andrew Wyeth’s accomplished handling of the medium drew him to it and its unique ability to render light through layers of color. Egg tempera has now become a mainstay in Drake’s repertoire.
Gallery owner Tim Miller wrote, “The depth and emotion of his paintings captures the attention of every client who enters the gallery and he’s quickly become a sought after name amongst our patrons. Jason’s work is as stimulating as it is mature, as beautiful as it is timeless.”
Regarding a recently sold egg tempera piece, one collector wrote, “at age 67, I welcome all the pauses I can come by and I am sure that I will spend many hours enjoying this painting. You have obviously done something special here.”
Living with his wife Holly and his dog Max in the Appalachian Mountains near Boone, North Carolina, Jason paints the wonder of nature that surrounds him and finds beauty in ordinary things and close friends. He is committed to producing works that reflect the glory of God and the dignity of Man.
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WHEN: September 9 - December 27, 2017
WHERE: The Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
ARTIST RECEPTION: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 5 p.m.