Over the last eleven years, the Hoyt has partnered with the Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, NC to bring the works of Romare Bearden, Wolf Kahn, Oscar Bluemner and other important figures to our galleries in New Castle, PA. This year, the Hoyt is honored to be presenting two more of Melberg’s artists: Christopher Clamp and Raul Diaz, May 23-July 28.
While lesser known than say Bearden or Kahn, the artists are no less talented in interpreting their chosen mediums to tell their stories. Clamp’s often referring to his childhood memories.
A native of Leesville, SC, Clamp studied painting at the Winthrop University, receiving his BFA in 2001. The commonplace objects featured in his paintings represent the artifacts of his childhood experience with his beloved grandfather, often toys and other “treasures” his grandfather collected. While deeply meaningful to the artist, their execution invites the viewer to bring his/her own personal history to the story unfolding on each canvas.
Raul Diaz was born in Argentina in 1952 where he continues to live and work as an artist. His nostalgic paintings and sculpture also “look at the child we once were” in a dream-like environment of texture and tone. However, his technical innovation and creation of atmosphere greatly differ from Clamp’s precision and fascination with memory. Diaz rather explores the inner parts of the human soul, including his obsession with and the anxieties experienced within his own spiritual adventure.
A public reception is planned for Friday, May 26, 6-8 pm.