Kershner Gallery holds ‘An Artful Mix’ reception

Carlos Frias, El Jardin de la Patria

The public is invited to a reception for An Artful Mix, the paintings of Carlos Frias, Bill Meddick, and Jeffrey Starkes at the Kershner Gallery on April 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The artists will talk at 5:15. The show runs from April 15 to May 29 in the Fairfield Library at 1080 Old Post Road and may be viewed during library hours. See fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3155.

Carlos Frías is a painter and printmaker living in New Jersey.  He utilizes a variety of media in his works, both traditional and digital. He often travels to the Dominican Republic, where he was born and where he also creates and exhibits new works.

Carlos has a BFA in painting from Parsons Art School and has worked as a graphic artist and as a production artist.  He also has taught art to special needs children and to college students at his alma mater, Altos de Chavón. His strong background in printmaking not only earned him an artist-in-residence position, but also a fellowship and first place in Parsons Printmakers while in college.  Many of his works have been shown in the United States and places abroad, including Venezuela, Japan and Spain.

Carlos says, “My work visually exemplifies what art is able to represent of the identity of humankind. Some of my creations strip us of our spirituality and our culture, representing us as organic forms bound to decompose and regenerate. Other works highlight our humanity- our creativity, our relationships, our urge to grow, and at times, to self-destruct… At times I use carbon on craft paper, organic, much like the subject matter, all decomposable. My works in oils correlate to early man’s attempts to create a more enduring and aesthetically pleasing product. My paintings are mostly comprised of manmade materials, like acrylics, that can be preserved for longer, but not forever, much like our inexhaustible quest to slow the aging process.” His website is carlosfrias.com   

Jeffrey Starkes, Pathways

Jeffrey Starkes, Pathways

Jeffrey Starkes is a painter in West Haven with a BFA degree from Paier College of Art. After a long career as an art director and graphic designer, he refocused on creating fine art and painting. His paintings have been displayed at galleries and exhibitions throughout Connecticut. Recently, his work has been featured in a solo show in New Haven and in group shows in Chester, West Hartford, Fairfield and New Haven. Jeff is currently a member artist at Art/Place Gallery in Fairfield and a member of Artspace in New Haven.

Jeff sees life as a dynamic, ever-changing competition and interaction between practical thinking and emotional needs, so in his abstract oil paintings, he combines a mix of structured organization and unconstrained randomness that mirrors the competing elements that define our personalities and shape our lives. He draws inspiration for his work from visualizing what these competing forces look like as we seek order, escape, peace and excitement in our lives. He says, “I set out to make abstract paintings that were more accessible and relevant to the viewer. I want people to see a little of their own life experience in my paintings.” In translating his views of life to the canvas, Jeff uses a highly colored palette, transparency and shadows. He suggests logic, organization and control through hard edged shapes, straight lines and patterns, and emotions through randomly placed torn or amorphous shapes.

William Meddick, Suburbia

William Meddick, Suburbia

William Meddick is a New Haven painter. His artistic father taught him to paint, and later he attended Silvermine, still later Pratt Institute for advertising and then as an art major. After college,  he worked as an apprentice for a scenery shop that did sets for Broadway and off-Broadway theater productions.  During “down” periods, he did on-location paintings at various regional scenes. He sold his paintings and taught art classes. He became executive director of an art organization and had a leadership position in the CT Commission on the Arts, and established the Milford Center for the Arts. His work has been in solo and groups shows.

Bill says, “Painting is my life. The subject matter for a painting is my emotional and visual reaction to a scene. Initially, my creative response is with all-encompassing freedom, the quick creation of gestural strikes of paint on a surface until it becomes totally covered. My process then becomes more labored and tedious. It is a back and forth procedure, comparing shapes, colors and the on-going search for an interesting compositions. My goal is to unite my initial reactions to create the original passion of the scene.” He often portrays daily life in a narrative manner and says, “I want my work to be something that means or represents a personal facet to the viewer instead of something pretty and pleasant. I rely and trust on my personal artistic honesty along with the steadfast production of work.”

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