BOLD AS LOVE
Dallas Design District gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art, announces a solo exhibition featuring new works by Texas artist, Meredith Pardue. LRFA will be hosting the opening reception on Saturday, November 17th from 5:00-8:00pm with an artist talk at 6:45pm, moderated by gallery owner, Laura Rathe.
Pardue’s newest body of work was inspired by the lyrical poetry of Jimi Hendrix. When listening to his classic song “Bold as Love”, she noticed how Hendrix tells a story using color - “fiery greens”, “happy turquoises” and “confident reds” are now expressions of human emotion illustrated through song. As a painter, Pardue couldn’t help but beg the question: “What would sound look like on a canvas? What would a musical arrangement look like as one of my paintings?”.
Her answer lies within this body of work that she describes as “explosive, unrestrained and visually orchestral”, both in the creative process and aesthetic of each painting. Pardue has personified these melodic acoustics that seemingly explode onto the canvas through striking contrasts of color, ranging from black and white to outrageous jewel tones, rendering each and every piece as bold as love.
The exhibition will be on view through December 29th 2018.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Meredith Pardue is widely known for her dynamic, large-scale compositions featuring colorful abstract forms derived from nature. Born in Monroe, Louisiana and based in Austin, Texas, Pardue holds an M.F.A. from Parsons School of Design in New York and a B.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Following her studies, Pardue traveled extensively throughout the United States. Her work commonly draws inspiration from the varied flora and landscapes of the American South, Pacific Northwest, and Northeast, recalling the transparency of water, the translucency of petals, and the opacities of foliage.
The work of Meredith Pardue is prominently displayed in several notable private and corporate collections, including J. Crew Corporate Headquarters, Genstar Capital, ExxonMobil, BBVA Compass, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Ritz-Carlton at Tysons Corner, the University of Texas at Austin, UT Southwestern Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the Savannah College of Art & Design. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and published in Modern Luxury Interiors Texas, Architectural Digest, Dwell, and New American Paintings.