The Cameron University Department of Art will present guest artist Mark Kang-O’Higgins, who will present a visual lecture featuring his figurative paintings on Friday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. The lecture is open to the public at no charge. A reception will follow in the Art Building, where figurative paintings created by Cameron students during workshop sessions with Kang-O’Higgins earlier in the week will be displayed.
A native of Ireland, Kang-O’Higgins has been a painter, fine art instructor and commission portrait artist for more than a decade. He is a graduate of the Leith School of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland; the Edinburgh College of Art; and the New York Academy of Art, where he earned a master of fine art degree in painting and sculpture. He leads the Kang-O’Higgins Atelier, a year-long intensive course in drawing and painting, at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.
“My work is firmly rooted in the figurative tradition,” Kang-O’Higgins says. “I am interested in the human condition in both the physical and emotional sense. Much of my work is formally concerned with solid objects/masses in space. I am interested in how objects/beings unfold themselves in space, manifest themselves and realize themselves as objects and beings, spatially and mentally. In short, how objects and beings emanate as physical and mental energy. In my work, I want to describe their presence, in every sense of the word: both presence as individuals or events and presence in relation to or in juxtaposition with other events and environments.”
April 2, 2013