Kent State University emeritus professor of art history, artist and author Ben Bassham will present his exhibition "New Paintings/Old Paintings" at Western Reserve Academy's Moos Gallery from November 3, 2005, through December 15, 2005.
An artist's reception will be held on Sunday, November 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
New England settings will be the highlight of Bassham's show that also includes scenes of New Mexico and Italy and some Kent, Ohio, subjects.
Bassham's vibrant, realistic landscapes reflect his
travels from the shores of Maine to the deserts of the New Mexico.
"I am intrigued with places that other artists in the history of American art have gone," said Bassham
It's that mix of passions, painting and art history that drew Bassham
to the Isles of Shoals off the coastlines of New Hampshire and Maine - a site frequented by American impressionist painter Childe Hassam (1859-1935).
Historic Strawberry Hill and the waterfront of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Maine's coastal venues including Cape Elizabeth
, Acadia National Park
and Monhegan Island
will be featured in the upcoming show.
maintains a second studio in Taos, New Mexico, where he
spends several weeks each spring capturing the Southwest's diverse geography on canvas.
Taos is where Bassham
plein-air (outdoor) studies.
"Painting outside is a learned skill that takes practice," advises Bassham
"One important thing to remember in painting is that color changes with atmospheric affects.
So colors in the distance need to be muted or cooled - we say gray them down - and colors in the foreground need to be made warmer.
That is something you can really see when you go outside to paint that you cannot see in a photograph."
Bassham studied art at the University of Arkansas and earned his Ph.D. in art history at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
"I very much like 19th century American western landscapes by artists like Thomas Moran," said Bassham
"I learn from the artist whose work I buy.
Although retired after 30 years of art history instruction, he
continues to teach a class in American art of the west at Kent State.
wife Carlyn collect western art and live in Kent when not traveling to enjoy picturesque America.