February 27 - March 30
Reception: Friday, March 1, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Remarks by Roger Hull at 6 pm - Professor Emeritus of Art History, Senior Faculty Curator, Hallie Ford Museum of Art Specialty: American Art and Architecture and Pacific Northwest Regional Art of the Twentieth Century
Karin Clarke Gallery draws upon multiple regional collections to bring this important Oregon artist’s work to Eugene. Charles Heaney was dedicated to representing the simplicity of Oregon life, both rural and urban. He depicted landscapes, portraits, still lives, and open spaces in eastern Oregon and the farms and cities of the Willamette Valley. He worked in many mediums, but is best known for his oil paintings and prints. An active artist for nearly 60 years, he developed a broad scope of work including a well-known oil of Mt. Hood and prints developed for Timberline Lodge during the WPA period.
Collectors prize Heaney’s paintings for the color subtlety and sense for light and atmosphere. The work is notable for its expressive mood, which tends to be meditative, recollective, and at times melancholic. This special exhibit will feature 17 paintings, in oil and casein, as well as a selection of his black and white prints.
Heaney’s work is well represented in public collections, among them the Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Oregon Historical Society, and Reed College. In 2005, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art mounted a major exhibit of his work, curated by Professor Roger Hull, called “Charles E. Heaney: Memory, Imagination, and Place”. The monograph from this exhibit will be available for sale during the Karin Clarke Gallery show, and Roger Hull will be down to speak about Heaney during the March 1st First Friday ArtWalk.
Many thanks to the Russo Lee Gallery in Portland and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem for thieir help with this show!
Charles Heaney was a printmaker and painter in Oregon for nearly sixty years. He lived most of his life in Portland, but he based his art on his perceptions of nearly every region in the state. Known for his prints and paintings of the Oregon interior and Nevada, he also portrayed the neighborhoods near his home in northeast Portland and the demolitions of downtown Portland buildings in the 1940s. Heaney exhibited his art widely and is represented in many public collections, among them the Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (University of Oregon), Hallie Ford Museum of Art (Willamette University), Oregon Historical Society, and Reed College.