Chromatic Rhythm — James Little: Paintings on Paper

James Little, “The Marriage of Western Civilization and Law of the Jungle,” 2007, raw pigment on paper, 22 x 30″. Image courtesy of Ewing Gallery, UT Knoxville.

The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is pleased to announce the opening of its first exhibition of the fall semester. Chromatic Rhythm — James Little: Paintings on Paper will run from September 3 through October 15, 2021.

The lecture by artist James Little is canceled. 

Image courtesy of James Little.

This exhibition features twenty works on paper by New York artist James Little. The Memphis, Tenn., native has forged a meaningful relationship with abstract painting over the past 40 years. What he seeks within painting are ideas that encompass skill, intuition and vision. His desire is for his audiences to have an experiential relationship to painting that is new and unforgettable. He is meticulous in his process, making his own painting materials – “alchemy,” as he calls it. After completing his MFA degree at Syracuse University where he received an African American Studies Fellowship, Little moved to New York City in the mid-1970s to pursue his artistic career. He came on the predominantly white and privileged art world scene at a time when few Black artists were embracing abstraction. Little has received numerous awards such as the Joan Mitchell Foundation Artists Grant and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Most recently he was awarded a New York State public art commission for the Jamaica train station in Queens, N.Y. Little is represented by Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, California. This exhibition was organized by Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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