The Art Studio will exhibit “The Two Bares” November 3-24
Posted at 12:08 PM Wednesday, October 26, 2022
BEAUMONT — The Art Studio, Inc. is hosting an exhibition of artwork by Roy Bares and Samantha Bares “The Two Nakeds” at the Maudee Carron Gallery in November.
TASI will host a reception for the exhibit on November 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. The reception is part of the planned First Thursday activities, which are free and open to the public.
The father and daughter duo from the Netherlands have developed their love and talent for art over several generations.
Samantha’s first teacher was her father, who has been an art teacher in Southeast Texas for 30 years. Roy was encouraged to draw and paint from a young age by his father, who was an illustrator.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to show my work alongside my father,” said Samantha, “the concept of showing art that comes from two family generations of artists is exciting.”
Samantha received her M.A. in Graphics in Spring 2021 at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Roy graduated from Lamar University in 1990 with his BA in Art Education at All Levels with a concentration in Studio Arts.
“Over the years I’ve done a lot of private commissions, murals, opaque and transparent paintings,” Roy said. “For the past 20 years I have been exploring new mixed media in metal, wood, sculpture, but I keep coming back to watercolour. It’s such a mobile medium for me that I can take anywhere on the go.”
Roy’s greatest artistic influences in his youth during his teenage years were fantasy artists such as Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta.
“As I spent more time in the studio during college, Jerry Newman really changed my direction and focused on exploring painting on a deeper level,” he said.
“It was a period of growth, making mistakes, mixing paints for hours, pushing and pulling the brush on different surfaces. There is no way around this experience. I often tell my students that their paintings are like stepping stones on the path to enlightenment. I’m still on the road, learning and growing!”
Roy’s work ranges between realistic, impressionistic and surreal. He tries to create a personal connection with works of art for private commissions and researches places and stories for plein air.
“I also paint religious pictures,” he said. “Often times the meaning of the paintings will change for me. What I originally intended as the meaning of such a painting changes after I finish it. Often these pictures become confirmation of my faith. It’s hard to explain this in words, but it’s better to say it standing in front of the art that speaks for it.
Samantha’s main influences come from graphic arts such as book and comic book illustrations, as well as movies.
“My work brings in fragments of images from my own lived experience, my family’s experiences, dreams and folklore to build representational narratives,” she said. “I am interested in building an environment that contains a complex mixture of emotions generated by the actions of the figures that inhabit it.
“I hope viewers are interested in the stories my work tells. The figures and environments in my work are part of fabricated worlds that are anchored to my own identity, to my own experiences and to the lives of those close to me. Although my artistic practice involves the creation of multiple images, I am extremely attached to each of my prints as they are vulnerable extensions of myself.”
The Art Studio Galleries located at 720 Franklin St. in Beaumont, are open for public viewing from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
“I am so happy to be participating in this art show with my daughter Sam,” said Roy. “Her artwork is so amazing and thought provoking. As a father, I could not be prouder of her achievements. As a fellow artist, I deeply respect her work and can’t wait to see what else she produces in the future!
“If you have a child of your own who likes to draw. Buy them a sketchbook when they fill it up, go buy them another and repeat this process for 18 years. Then sit back and watch something amazing happen!”
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