REGO PAST 2012

– A collection of new oil paintings by artist Brian Rego will open at City Art Gallery in the Congaree Vista on January 26, 2012. with an artist’s reception from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The show will run thru March 26, 2012.

Rego is currently an Adjunct Professor of Figure Drawing and Foundations at the University of South Carolina and an Adjunct Professor of Figure Painting and Figure Drawing at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. A graduate of the University of South Carolina and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rego is the founder of the Perceptual Painters Collective.


Rego says of his newest work, “Amidst the powers of intuition, imagination, and the obscurity of the observed world, lies the bridge of painting that connects the viewer to what is perceived, what is felt, and what is remembered. I paint my subject from life and consider it to be a great joy and an immense struggle. For me, the purpose of painting is to express something that is profoundly human, something sensual, spatial, that settles on the fringe of memory and the observed experience, a reality both strange and familiar.”


Gallery director Wendyth Wells comments, “Since Rego's return from Philadelphia and the completion of his MFA, I have seen him grow as a man, husband and father, a teacher and most of all as a painter. I believe that his admirers will be pleased to see the introduction of color into his work without gimmickry or purely as a design element. We are very excited to mount this impressive body of work by a young painter with whose promise and passion never wanes.”

"Amidst the powers of intuition, imagination, and the obscurity of the observed world, lies the bridge of painting that connects the viewer to what is perceived, what is felt, and what is remembered.
I paint my subject from life and consider it to be a great joy and an immense struggle. For me, the purpose of painting is to express something that is profoundly human, something sensual, spatial, that settles on the fringe of memory and the observed experience, a reality both strange and familiar."

-Brian Rego


PHOTO GALLERY

BR Backyard at the Woodrow House (16x22)
BR Backyard at the Woodrow House II (34x44)
BR Backyard at Woodrow (40x70)
BR Black Mountain Barn (11x14)
BR Blossom Street (18x15)
BR Blossom Street Bridge (15x18)
BR Fire Escape (8x10)
BR Fishhead with Flowers (20x20)
BR Gervais Street (21x24)
BR Gervais Street II (19x26)
BR Johns Red Barn (11x14)
BR Kitchen House at Millbank (20x32)
BR Lady Street Parking (12x16)
BR Noon on the Horseshoe (19x21)
BR Noon on the Horseshoe II (16x32)
BR Olympia (15x18)
BR Parking Garage (13x15)
BR Parking Lot Behind Saltys (16x20)
BR Roses with Marion (11x16)
BR Sunset on Marion Street (19x24)
BR Tobais (32x48)
BR Wedge (10x13)
BR Wells Fargo Parking Lot (14x20)
BR Woodrow Street (24x21)
BR Yellow Houses (14x18)
BR Yellow Houses on Laurens Street (17x22)
BR Yellow on Laurens Street (12x16)