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June Mattingly // contributing art writer
Her delicate, muted “explorations” defined by loosely defined, linear effects delicately
placed over melting, warm, low impact colorations radiate peacefulness and
calmness. No wonder these paintings exude such esteem!
|At the happiness loaded celebration party of John and Karen Reoch’s wedding at
Conduit Gallery in Dallas this Memorial Day week-end I met Harmony Padgett.
She gave me a colossal compliment – she recognized me from Facebook. John’s
a fan of her work which is important and Pam and Bill Campbell who represent
her in Fort Worth are long standing friends and had already told me about her.
William Campbell Contemporary, a short ride from the Modern Art Museum, in
business for 30 years this year, maintains “a strong exhibition program focusing
on contemporary art from our region as well as…artists in varied phases of their
careers from well-established to emerging, with emphasis on independence of
vision and mastery of technique…”
|Harmony has received her BFA and then her MFA this year from Texas Christian
University in Fort Worth. Claudia Rees, a friend and director of the University’s
Moudy Gallery, raved about this graduate. For somebody as young as
Harmony she has a very active, upscale biography showing her inclusion in
shows like the Texas Biennial, at Arthouse in Austin, in the Fort Worth
Community Arts Center and in the Moudy Gallery, and as a teaching
assistant, an associate member of 500X Gallery in Dallas, and a visiting
lecturer at Richland College and the University of North Texas.
Her delicate, muted “explorations” defined by loosely defined, linear effects
delicately placed over melting, warm, low impact colorations radiate
peacefulness and calmness. No wonder these paintings exude such esteem!
What makes her oil and ink paintings stand out even more is these charming,
dreamy abstractions are created by the act of carving lightly onto the surface
of wooden panels, leaving the soft grains exposed and part of the composition,
in an amazing wide range of sizes from 12 x 12 inches to 60 x 60 inches.
|“#3,” 2010, oil and spray paint on wood panel, 12 x 12 inches
|B (Babette).” 2010, oil and ink on wood panel, 60 x 60 inches
|Be sure to plan a trip soon to William Campbell Contemporary Art, or visit
Mighty Fine Arts, her representation in Dallas.
|harmony Padgett with "C" - 2010 - courtesy of photographer Brian Scott