Robert Prince talks about his art in a gallery talk during the exhibition opening. For more photos of the event, go to www.sbu.edu/bonaflickr.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., — The Senior Art Exhibition at St. Bonaventure University, showcasing the work of Robert Prince, a visual arts major from Olean, opened with a reception and gallery talk on Friday, March 22, at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The event also marked the opening of the university’s Spring Art Show at The Quick Center, featuring pieces by beginning and advanced student-artists.
The openings ran simultaneously from 5 to 7 p.m. and included complimentary light refreshments. Both events were open to the public at no charge.
Prince’s exhibition, titled “Robert Prince: Numbers One-Thirteen,” was presented in The Quick Center’s first-floor Branch Gallery. In a gallery talk during the opening, Prince offered comments and answered questions about his work.
Prince came to art in a roundabout way. He enrolled at St. Bonaventure as a psychology major in 2008 and didn’t take his first painting class until his junior year. He discovered his passion for art while taking a photography class through St. Bonaventure’s study abroad program in Perugia, Italy. It was during a subsequent study abroad trip to Oxford University in England that Prince researched and developed a deep respect for the work of Vincent van Gogh.
The exhibition demonstrates Prince’s development as an artist. Early pieces, in black and white, show van Gogh’s influence and include Prince’s impression of van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” as well as an intriguing self-portrait.
Later pieces show the introduction of color in Prince’s work and the emergence of his own style as he shifts from interpretation to making his own statements through his art. The pieces demonstrate Prince’s varied use of media including acrylic, watercolor and ink.
The Spring Art Show is being exhibited in The Quick Center’s Atrium Gallery. Following the opening, the Spring Art Show exhibition moved to the third-floor Loft area.
Both exhibitions run through April 7.
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