On view April 19 through July 13, 2008
Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 16
Texas artist Frank X. Tolbert2 has had a more than 30 year career as an artist, becoming most well-known for basing his art on the “absurdities of life on Earth” as he calls it and using crude depictions of bizarre subjects in his partially autobiographical works.
In 2005, however, Tolbert began a candid and open exploration of his own history and state of being. The result is Frank X. Tolbert2 Meditations on Mortality, an exhibition of 16 life-size portraits of the artist’s friends and family and one self-portrait, which will be on view at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) from April 19 through July 13.
Working with charcoal, oil stick and gouache on unframed paper and loose canvas, Tolbert explores the dialogue and effects that certain people have had on his life and work. These direct and honest life-size portraits reveal a history and truth about the artist that only comes as a reflection of those that we keep closest.
“This exhibition shows Tolbert’s progression through the question of ‘who am I’ to ‘how did I get here,’” said AMSET Curator of Exhibitions Ray Daniel.
Tolbert is a well-known Texas-based artist who has had several solo exhibitions, numerous group exhibitions and has been collected by many art museums including the Dallas Museum of Art and the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art. Tolbert studied at Texas Tech University and North Texas State University.
“During the 30 years of my career as an artist I have worked in a narrative style. I work with graphite, oil stick, oil paint, and watercolors – almost always on paper. I consider myself a ‘drawer’ regardless of the medium,” Tolbert has said. “The marks I make are my emotional responses to what is going on around me. My work is about the mundane, the real, the surreal and the absurdities of life on Earth.”
This exhibition is funded by the City of Beaumont through the Southeast Texas Arts Council, the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, the C.W. and Dorothy Anne Conn Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, and is supported by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
The Mission of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas is to provide education, inspiration and creative vision to the people of our culturally diverse region through our collections, exhibitions, public programs, and outreach in the visual arts.