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Terry Rodgers


Terry Rodgers is an internationally recognized artist who has worked and lived in Massachusetts, Washington DC, and Ohio. He has had solo exhibitions in Amsterdam and Milan, and participated in group shows around the world. In the United States he has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Chicago.

Rodgers is an accomplished painter with a striking mastery of light and transitions as is evidenced by his current body of work. This work focuses on the life of upper middle class Americans, seemingly adrift in affluence and casualness, unsatisfied and disconnected. Nonetheless, Rodgers's work remains firmly rooted in life class drawing, necessitating the use of, and contact with, human models. Rodgers asks friends, acquaintances, professional models, and, sometimes, total strangers, to pose for him in a photography session. He then builds a scenario in a painting by pulling together elements from a wide array of photographs.

The resulting images are not snapshots or slices of life, not verite records of actual moments in actual families or party situations, or diaristic records of his family life, but carefully constructed and composited fictions, designed to elicit the most meaning and sustain the maximum amount of ambiguity.

Few living artists undertake the challenge of the realistic depiction of social markers because most lack the caste specific knowledge and the painterly aptitude required. Rodgers however, began life-studies painting as a high school student at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Terry Rodgers attended Amherst College, with a major in the Fine Arts. His strong interest in film and photography influenced his style in the direction of representational realism in art. He spends summers each year in Southern France painting from life and photographically capturing the gestures, faces, and figures that inhabit the 21st Century milieu that he depicts in his paintings.



 

Exhibitions


2005

Milan - Marella Arte Contemporanea, Via Lepontina, 8

  • December 2005
  • Reception: TBA
  • Tel: +39 02 69311460
  • Fax: +39 02 60730280
  • email: info@marellart.com

Atlanta - Fay Gold Gallery, 763 Miami Circle, Suite 210

Amsterdam - Torch Gallery, Lauriergracht 94. VOLTAshow - Basel Switzerland



 

Solo Shows


1989-2005
  • 2005 – Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
  • 2005 – Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • 2004 – Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2004 – Caesarea Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
  • 2003 – Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
  • 2003 – Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA
  • 2003 – Caesarea Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
  • 2002 – Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • 2002 – Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2002 – dfn gallery, New York, NY
  • 2002 – Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2002 – Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL
  • 2002 – Northern Michigan University Art Museum, Marquette, MI
  • 2001 – Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • 2001 – Keny Galleries, Columbus, OH
  • 2001 – Center for the Cultural Arts, Gadsden, Al
  • 2001 – Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, TX
  • 2000 – Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
  • 2000 – Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, WV
  • 2000 – Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, IN
  • 1999 – Wisconsin Union Gallery, Madison, WI
  • 1999 – Burroughs - Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • 1999 – Keny Gallery, Columbus, OH
  • 1998 – University of Wisconsin, Furlong Gallery, Stout, WI
  • 1994 – Hammond Gallery, Lancaster, OH
  • 1993 – Nicolae Galleries, Columbus, OH
  • 1989 – Partners Gallery, Bethesda, MD

 

Group Shows


1979-2005
  • 2005 – Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2005 – MB Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2005 – Art Rotterdam, Torch Gallery (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • 2005 – Arte Fiera, Marella Arte Contemporanea (Milan, Italy)
  • 2005 – palmbeach3, Fay Gold Gallery (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2004 – ARTissma, Marella Arte Contemporanea (Milan, Italy)
  • 2004 – Art Cologne, Torch Gallery (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • 2004 – scopeLondon, curcioprojects (New York, NY)
  • 2004 – MiArt, Marella Arte Contemporanea (Milan, Italy)
  • 2004 – The Armory Show, Torch Gallery (Amsterdam)
  • 2004 – scopeLA, Curcioprojects ( New York, NY)
  • 2004 – palmbeachcontemporary, Fay Gold Gallery (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2004 – Arte Fiera, Marella Arte Contemporanea (Milan, Italy
  • 2004 – ATLart[04], Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • 2003 – scopeMiami, curcioprojects (New York, NY)
  • 2003 – Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, FL
  • 2003 – SuperReal, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
  • 2003 – Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • 2003 – The Armory Show New York, Fay Gold Gallery (Atlanta)
  • 2003 – Art Chicago, Fay Gold Gallery (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2003 – palmbeachcontemporary, Fay Gold Gallery (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2003 – Scope Miami, curcioprojects (New York, NY)
  • 2003 – Caesarea Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
  • 2003 – Art Miami, Caesarea Gallery (Boca Raton, FL)
  • 2002 – Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • 2002 – Art Chicago, Fay Gold Gallery (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2001 – Louis Stern Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2000 – Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • 1999 – National Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
  • 1998 – National Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
  • 1997 – National Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
  • 1994 – National Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
  • 1993 – German Village Exhibition, Columbus, OH
  • 1993 – Hammond Gallery, Lancaster, OH
  • 1992 – Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1992 – Katz & Dawgs Gallery, Columbus, OH
  • 1989 - Neikrug Photography, New York, NY
  • 1988 – Katz & Dawgs Gallery, Columbus, OH
  • 1987 – Partners Gallery, Bethesda, MD
  • 1985 – The Brandeis Exhibition, Rockville, MD
  • 1984 – TheBrandeis Exhibition, Rockville, MD 1984 - Arlington Arts Center Exhibition, VA
  • 1983 – The Brandeis Exhibition, Rockville, MD
  • 1979 – Mead Arts Gallery, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

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© Terry Rodgers
 

Artist Statement


© 2005 Terry Rodgers

What I know for sure is that I love to look at people… watch them… photograph them… eventually paint them. I am fascinated by the implications of their gestures. I take energy and inspiration from the strangeness and connectedness I find - the contradictions within which we all live. Surface, substance, substrata, interior, exterior and the realms of meaning are my obsession.

I take my photographs home with me and I explore the form and lines and meanings that come with their juxtapositions. I combine them and adjust them and experiment with them. I am most fascinated by what these images lead me to: color and composition, light and line, face and figure and form, texture and space, vectors and relationships… and what it might say about ourselves and our culture.

Ultimately, it is “looking at looking at” that compels me to get involved, mess with the entire culture, fiddle with reality. I love the abstraction of reality that paint invites me to submerge myself in. By the time I get to the studio and begin on a fresh canvas, I know I will paint the perfect painting. There is no doubt in my mind. By anyone else’s standards, it might not be anything like “perfect”, but I cast aside the false codes of perfection that our culture and commerce drowns us in, and I find my own vision, and I am sure of it, and I make it happen. Then I move on to the next one.

Terry Rodgers

 

Paintings


© Terry Rodgers


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