By: HANNAH DEMCHAK
The Art Gallery in the Education and Arts Building is featuring two artists, Douglas Kinsey and Shawn Michael Warren, in an exhibit entitled, Dual Perspectives.
Kinsey received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, according to a news release from the Ernestine M Raclin School of the Arts.
He has had more than 70 solo exhibitions featured in the U.S. with some abroad in countries such as Japan, England and Sweden. Kinsey has taught at the University of Notre Dame for 31 years, as well as other colleges around the country.
The inspiration behind Kinsey’s paintings derives from newspaper photographs, creating a sense of a story without any words for spectators to interpret, according to the news release. Three main themes are represented within his paintings: images, process, and structure.
Warren is a Chicago native with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the American Academy of Art in Illinois and the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in fine arts at the Laguna College of Art and Design.
Warren portrays methods of old masters through his intricate and life-like artwork. Onlookers are forced to connect with the subjects in his paintings emotionally, studying the hidden messages in every piece. His work is a reflection of his personal interests, such as music, architecture, history and politics.
One of Warren’s paintings included in the gallery, entitled “In a Promised Land,” describes the aftermath of the Tulsa Race Riots, a devastating event that occurred in Oklahoma in 1921 leaving numerous African Americans injured, and their town destroyed.
Warren has also won numerous awards for his painting Axiom: Trial and Error, Presentation, Ascendance.”
Dual Perspectives will be on display every Monday through Saturday from 12-5 through Sept. 10. The gallery is located in the Education and Arts building with free admission.