Color, rhythm and expansiveness hallmarks of painter Dale Fairbanks' work in her first solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art
November 07, 2005
"Gonna Sing My Head Off: Dale Fairbanks Solo Exhibition"
On view Nov. 20 to Jan. 22, 2006
Former Alaskan Dale Fairbanks returns to the state for a solo exhibition of her latest series of large paintings, some of which are 20 feet long, at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. A native of Mississippi, the artist lived and worked in Fairbanks for 10 years before returning to her southern roots in 2003. She now lives in Florida. Influenced by the experience of the Alaskan landscape and environment, Fairbanks' work is largely non-representational, but often derivative of nature. Expansive canvases are stretched over hard wood surfaces that allow for aggressive brush-strokes, scraping and layering. Provoked by the frozen isolation of winters in the far north, the artist's colors are intense and complex.
Kesler Woodward, Professor of Art Emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, describes Fairbanks's paintings as "filled with repetitive shapes, readable rhythms, bold colors, and lung-filling expanses of air and space.'' The paintings in this exhibition take their titles from familiar melodies:Shall We Gather; Buffalo Gals; John Henry; America the Beautiful. But Woodward reminds us that while the titles provide a point of access, they are only doors, leading the way to other delights and challenges.
Fairbanks has exhibited her work extensively throughout the United States in numerous juried, solo and invitational exhibitions. This is her first solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.
For more information, call Dave Nicholls, curator of exhibitions, at 343-6122.