Local Artist Shows Celestial View



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A painting entitled “Violescent Metanoia” is part of a 30- piece exhibit scheduled March 16-May 6 at TRAHC and featuring Texarkana artist Joel Wright.

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Texarkana painter and tattoo artist Joel Wright bases his body art on his watercolor paintings and often receives requests for commissioned artwork as well as custom tattoo creations. This spring he exhibits a selection of his paintings at the Regional Arts Center in Texarkana in a show called Everything Returns to Nature — The Art of Joel Wright. Located on the second and third floors of the center’s open galleries section, the exhibit includes about 30 works.

Wright’s expressive dream-like paintings are called both celestial and ethereal, and he describes his painting-in-the-moment approach as experimental. Approaching traditional compositions and subjects like animals, landscapes, still life and portraits with a dreamlike filter of surrealism, the self-taught artist describes a Zen approach to painting that comes “from a deep but simple inward place from beyond the structural mind.”

“In other words, just having fun,” he says. 

In addition to watercolors, Wright paints oil paintings on linen, paper, canvas and wood substrates. He also dabbles in screen-printing and both ceramic and mixed media sculptures — viewing the various mediums as “branches of the same tree.” Reporting that his artistic reward comes from seeing the viewers’ emotionally charged experiences when they connect to a particular piece, he says, “It’s like the pieces pick the people it seems.” 

Opening March 16, Wright’s exhibit remains on display through May 6. The Regional Arts Center is located at 321 West Fourth Street. For more information call 903.792.8681 or visit trahc.org.

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