Janice Mason Art Museum is hosting an exhibition of artwork by Bowling Green Kentucky artists Leslie Nichols, Michael Nichols and C. David Jones, called “About Face.”
Leslie Nichols uses found and original text to create visual imagery. Her portraits emphasize the weight of words and convey the context of time and place. Nichols is well known for her works created on manual typewriters which are featured in “Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology” published by Laurence King in 2014 and “The Art of Typewriting” published by Thames and Hudson in 2015. A recent Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women provided support for Leslie to create large-scale portraits of women working for social change in Kentucky. Her work has been recognized with additional grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, AAUW, Women’s Studio Workshop, and the Great Meadows Foundation. Leslie earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts in painting from Fontbonne University and she has a Master of Arts from Western Kentucky University focusing on gender and women’s studies. Her studio is in Bowling Green.
Michael Nichols explores contemporary applications of two ancient artist mediums, metalpoint drawing and buon fresco painting. His ghostly images have been featured in exhibitions throughout the U.S. in venues that include the Boston Center for the Arts, the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, and the Huntsville Museum of Art. Nichols’ silverpoint drawing is featured in two recent publications, “Gateway to Drawing, A Complete Guide,” by Thames and Hudson and “Silverpoint and Metalpoint Drawing: A Complete Guide to the Medium,” by Routledge Press. As a professor of art at Western Kentucky University, he has received several WKU faculty grants in support of his research of contemporary buon fresco painting. In May, Michael presented about his innovative use of airbrush in fresco at the Fresco School of Andrea Sala, in Monza, Italy.
C. David Jones is a Glasgow native who has been exploring figurative subject matter for most of his career. A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree was received from Centre College in Danville. Jones went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Upon graduation, Jones returned to Bowling Green and took a position in the art department at Western Kentucky University. Winning the Al Smith Fellowship, Jones continued his work in hopes of maintaining to grow as a painter. He continues to pursue the figure in his work which consists of painting, both oil and acrylic, watercolor, graphite and pastel. Narrative subject matter that creates intrigue or curiosity is a constant theme throughout his images. Paintings that explore the object as figure have also been prevalent in his journey. This latest series of faces of Millennials was to represent this generation’s obsession with the self and the indestructible nature of their existence. The fragile nature of aging and how one looks back on their past is what shapes us into the being that we become in the present.
Trigg County Department of Tourism, Fourshee Building Supply, WKDZ-FM 106.5, WKMS-FM Murray and the Kentucky Arts Council contributed to this exhibit.
The exhibit will run through Aug. 3. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call Joan Demers, executive director of the Janice Mason Art Museum, at 270-522-9056.