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Beyond ART: Larry Hefner's Artist Talk and Demonstration

  • JRB Art at the Elms 2810 North Walker Avenue Oklahoma City, OK, 73103 United States (map)

When approaching Larry Hefner’s large, powerful abstract paintings the casual viewer often assumes that the work is three dimensional. However, at close view, the viewer is presented with a somewhat glossy, smooth almost sleek surface. Hefner, Professor Emeritus of Graphic Design at the University of Central Oklahoma, has continued to experiment with forms and finishes since working on his MFA at the University of Oklahoma. Larry’s work reminds us of the “glass” paintings of his mentor and professor at the University of Oklahoma, Eugene Bavinger. Like Bavinger, Larry exhibits a lifelong preoccupation with the properties of light and color and their interactions with the geometry of shapes and forms. What appear to be spontaneous shapes and colors are often the result of computerized experimentation which occurs before the paint is placed on the canvas. The images which are taken from life and nature are not readily recognizable. But sometimes the artist gives us a clue to the content in the title of the work. Join us for his artist talk and demonstration to learn more.