Opening Reception: Saturday, January 25 from 5pm to 7pm
For more than ten years, Addison/Ripley Fine Art has been proud to represent and display the work of Lou Stovall. This exhibition of “New Work” shows the artist in peak form, reimagining and rearranging his own work to produce this collection. While his collaborations as a master printmaker with artists such as Sam Gilliam, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Paul Reed and Gene Davis are well known, in this series the artist collaborates with his past work, building collages from fragments of his own prints and putting on display his finely honed sense of color and the interaction of color.
Josef Albers noted, “As basic rules of a language must be practiced continually, and therefore are never fixed, so exercises toward distinct color effects never are done or over. New and different cases will be discovered time and again…” Stovall’s most recent work shows how true this is. The visual effects are optical syncopation and melodic movement. Strong, vibrant and unassuming, like the artist, the works act on the viewer like a coup de foundre, each one commanding our attention.
Lou Stovall was born in Athens, Georgia in 1937 and grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Howard University (B.F.A.). Since 1962, he has lived and worked in Washington, DC. His drawings and silkscreen prints have brought him grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Stern Family Fund.
Among his special commissions is the Independence Day invitation for the White House in 1982 at the request of Mrs. Ronald Reagan. In 1986, at the request of Mayor Marion Barry, he made the print “American Beauty Rose” for the Washington, DC Area Host Committee 1988 Democratic National Convention. In 1996 he designed and produced the print “Breathing Hope” to honor Howard University’s incoming president H. Patrick Swygert. A curated collection of the artist’s posters will be on display at Hemphill Fine Art’s new spaces at 434 K Street, NW in 2020.
For more information about the artist and his work, for additional images from the exhibition or to schedule an appointment to view the work, please call Ms. Romy Silverstein at 202.338.5180.
The gallery is located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue in Upper Georgetown at the intersection of Reservoir Road and Wisconsin Avenue.