May 29-June 26, 2010
Artist reception Saturday, May 29, 6:00-8:30 pm
Kirk Hopper Fine Art welcomes back artists from previous shows with a group exhibit entitled "Summer Selections 2.0." Artists including Dick Wray, Bert Long, Gary Bishop, Floyd Newsum, Ansen Seale, Luke Harnden, Shane Pennington, Jacqueline Chubirka, Lisa Nersesova, and Susan Budge pose new and previous works in the second installment of Summer Selections, KHFA's annual, mid-year group show.
Dick Wray, an abstract expressionist, is one of Houston's most established artists. His use of line is masterful; quick brush strokes, scratches and finger painting contribute to his uniqueness. His art resides in the most important American public collections, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others. Bert Long, also a Houston O.G., has been described as "the most demented, daring, and damn funky artist this town has seen in a mighty long time." That was written by a Santa Fe critic, but does Dallas not agree? In 1990 Long was awarded the Rome Prize Fellowship and was recognized as Texas Artist of the Year. Most recently he completed a 30-foot painting commissioned by the Looscan Library of Houston, as well as signing a contract for a book by renowned writer Thomas McEvilly, and is the subject of a recent documentary by Just Right Films which debuts this summer. Then there is Gary Bishop, a journalistic photographer cum artist who has received national and international accolades for his editorial work, including two New York Art Director Club Awards. Finally, KHFA "scientist" Ansen Seale employs a digital slit scan camera of his own invention to interpret optical time organization, giving us a broader glimpse of reality.