Drawings by Ben Perini: Random Thoughts and the Fictional Portrait

February 17, 2014 - March 21, 2014
08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Campus Events
Mary Davis Holt Gallery, Elberson Fine Arts Center

Exhibition dates: February 17 -–March 21

Reception: Friday, February 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This solo exhibit of fictional portraits consists of large-scale charcoal drawings on paper. The drawings celebrate the simplicity of black charcoal and the beauty of charcoal markings as they are layered, blended, rubbed, brushed, erased and further manipulated by the imagination to portray expressions and thoughts. Scale is an important factor in Perini’s work, with some drawings in this show measuring up to seven feet tall. The intent is for the viewer to be absorbed and engulfed by the whole work of art, as he or she decides if the layers of imagery are part of a story or just abstract musings. An artist all of his life, Perini was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up among the great museums of the city, which he visited often from an early age. His first educational art experience was at age eight, attending the Saturday art classes at the Brooklyn Museum. Inspired onward, he never looked back. He is currently a professional illustrator.

Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Made possible by a generous gift from June Porter Johnson.
Kim Varnadoe