Boston University Sherman Gallery Presents Private View: Paintings By Grant Drumheller

in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
February 26th, 2004

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(Boston, Mass.) – Boston University’s Sherman Gallery presents the first-ever retrospective of paintings by Boston University alumnus Grant Drumheller, comprised of the artist’s more intimate works, in both scale and subject matter. Private View: Paintings by Grant Drumheller will be on view from Tuesday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 28. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm – the event is open to the public and the artist will be present.

Drumheller, largely known for his large-scale figurative paintings with allusions to myth and allegory, will present a series of smaller paintings and drawings that portray the often complex and deeply personal arenas of domestic and family life. These works, which Drumheller has developed over the past two decades, record the personal moments and the daily routine as observed through the eyes of the artist as husband, father and son.

While Drumheller preserves his strong interest and connection to classical art and art history, these references become more discreet in this body of work, conveying an emotional connection to his subjects. Drumheller first began to depict his private life in his obsessive studies of his wife, Karina, and then he gradually introduced his two children, Tess and Sarah. As he painted the classic features of his wife, Drumheller explored both the personal connections to his model, as well as a painterly connection to the past. In depictions of his children, beginning with early portraits of his daughters, Drumheller presents a symbolic world in which children have created their own reality, but nothing is precocious or sweet; it can appear dark and mysterious.

Grant Drumheller is a painter and professor of art at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. He studied at Boston University, where his most influential teachers were Philip Guston, James Weeks, and Reed Kay, and he received his BFA in 1976 and MFA in 1978. In 1978, Drumheller received a Fulbright-Hays Grant for painting in Italy. He has also been the recipient of a Blanche Colman Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Artist’s Fellowship, and a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Drumheller has had numerous exhibitions, including one-person shows at the Galleria Inquadrature in Florence, Italy; the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire; and the Creiger-Dane Gallery in Boston.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering professional training in Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts to 1000 graduate and undergraduate students. Education at the College of Fine Arts begins at Boston University and extends into the city of Boston, a center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

The School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts was established in 1954 as a professional training school at Boston University. With faculty composed of practicing professional artists, the school offers an intensive program of studio training combined with liberal arts studies leading to the Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. Courses prepare students for future study or professional practice in painting, sculpture, graphic design, or art education. Notable alumni include painters Brice Marden and Pat Steir; Ira Yoffe, vice president/creative director of PARADE Magazine; and Richard Heinrichs, sculptor and set designer whose credits include “Fargo” and “Sleepy Hollow,” for which he received an Oscar for Art Direction in 1999.

Sherman Gallery at Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Second Floor, Boston
Hours Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm
Admission is free and open to the public.

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