Jerry Walden

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Jerry Walden, March 2021

In over 50 years of studio practice Jerry Walden’s (b.1941-d.2019) work has been exhibited across the US and around the world, including these institutions: The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; the Mississippi Museum of Art, MS; the Columbia Museum of Art, SC; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, TN; Palazzo Vagnotti, Italy; Nam-Do Fine Arts Center Gallery, South Korea, among others. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including: Capitol One, West Point Pepperell, The Meridian Museum of Art, MS, the Columbia Museum of Art, SC, the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Ga, among others. He earned his BFA from Auburn University, Auburn, AL, in 1968, and his MFA from the Univ. of Georgia in 1971.

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To learn more about our artists, why they create what they make and why you should collect their work read our Studio Visit conversations with each artist.

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A winter selection of new work from gallery artists.

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Three Artists. Three Artworks. Multiple interpretations.

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Collective Isolation a group exhibition of gallery artists.

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A memorial retrospective for the late American artist Robert Jerome (Jerry) Walden (b. 1941, Langdale, AL; d. 2019, Rock Hill, SC).

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This is a repost of our Studio Visit conversation with Jerry Walden from March 2019.

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A collection of alluring and beautiful small artwork by gallery artists! Each week of November and December we will highlight a different small work from each of our artists! Stay tuned!

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Summer group show of gallery artists: James Cullinane, Pauline Galiana, Sharon Lawless, Derek Lerner, Jerry Walden and Pancho Westendarp

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Studio Visits January - June 2019

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Featured Artist

Jerry Walden, March 2019

For over 40 years Jerry Walden has explored Formalist compositional problems and color theory.

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In February 2019 we paid a visit to Jerry Walden in his Rock Hill, SC studio to talk about his history, his influences and experiences. We'll explore these and other topics in our three-part Studio Visit interview.

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In Seven Twice, Seven Twice, Jerry Walden continues his explorations of Formalist compositional problems and color theory in two new large-scale works. The colors in both artworks in the exhibition are derived from Sir Isaac Newton’s seven-hue color chart he developed from his studies and observations of sunlight through a prism (Optiks, 1704). Newton created the world’s first color wheel, thus beginning the field of color theory.

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Through hardedge paintings in acrylic on canvas Jerry Walden investigates the nature of the aesthetic experience by combining Formalist compositional elements of color, line, pattern and direction with personal emotions and memories.

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Jerry Walden paints hard-edged visual abstractions in acrylic on canvas by layering and juxtaposing random and well considered stripes of color to form undulating lines of shifting hue and direction that result in multi-colored Formalist compositions.

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Three years ago, a diagnosis of cancer provided artist Jerry Walden the impetus for reflection. Looking back over his career, he felt much of his work was no longer visually valid. To reenergize both himself and his work, he began blocking out parts of his original paintings, covering some parts, leaving others to show through. In Deconstructing Jerry #40 (pictured at right), for example, the artist took his 1971 painting, Hi-way Drive-in, rotated it and painted over some of the original colors. By combining parts of his work that he finds valid with new layers of paint, he creates reinvigorated patchworks that have a life of their own.

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