April 24- May 5 , 2018
The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is pleased to present the 2018 BFA Senior Exhibition #2 for nine illustration candidates from April 24 through May 5. The artists in the show are Timothy Bada, Brittnee Bade, Tristan Freitag, Lindsay Hutchins, Hillary Lehman, Elysia Netter, Michael Richardson, Jordan Scurlock and Clinton Lamonte Todd Jr. Please join us for the closing reception on First Friday, May 4, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
In discussing her work in the exhibition, Brittnee Bade says, "I believe the work that I will be showcasing is a great sample of what I am pushing towards after graduation. I aim to be a storyboard artist or even a comic book/sequential artist. I see my artwork heading in that area with of course room to always improve. I am greatly inspired by many artists in these fields who I constantly get tips, ideas, and advice from. These past 2 years I have seen myself grow a lot especially towards the intended career I aim to pursue. Although, this past year alone I finally have started to find a style of my own (as well as process) that has reminded me how much fun I can have in my work. I have been using a small sketchbook and never thought that my stress-free ideas and doodles could ever been taken seriously. It's a wonderful feeling to put passion back into something I love a lot and I believe my show will display that."
Tristan Freitag was born in Ellicott City Maryland, and raised in Johannesburg South Africa. " I am a transfer student here at East Carolina University who wants to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator. Before I moved to Greenville, because of school, I lived in Wake Forest, North Carolina. When I got accepted into ECU's School of Art and Design and took my first class in illustration it became pretty clear to me how much I enjoy problem solving on a visual level, and trying to tell a story with my work at the same time."
"At a young age I was interested in drawing due to exposure from my parents. Being able to use my creativity to make imagery and tell a story became such an interesting idea to me that I would soon make it my life dream to do just that for a living. More specifically my goal is to be a successful freelance illustrator. Being an illustrator, I have a mission to bring ideas of others, and myself, to life through many mediums and techniques. My body of work typically includes a mixture of watercolor, gouache, colored pencil work and digital. Texture and line work are things I tend to focus while creating because I find them important as a way to grasp the attention of my viewers. Throughout the years I have drawn inspiration from artists such as James Jean, Rudo Company, the talented staff of Studio Ghibli and too many others to name. Pulling from that inspiration I can say I have developed a few styles that are important to the way I illustrate because they too focus on line and textures."
Lindsay Hutchins explains ” The theme of my senior show is “simple initiatives” It is a series of advertisements that either provide educational information on climate change, information for reducing CO2 emissions, and or advertising simple ways in which everyone can change their daily routine to benefit the environment. It is not so much about how an individual can make a difference. It is more so about changing the mind set associated with climate change. The answer does not lay in the claim that everyone needs to live without running electricity or that everyone should bike as their only source of transportation. The answer is motivating people to want to help the planet by collaborating minds to create inventions in which reverse some of the effects CO2 has had on our planet. Initiatives for a more positive lifestyle that is climate change aware.. “
Hillary Lehman remembers that " from the time I was able to grip a pencil, I have always had the urge to draw. I still remember my first sketch book: a thin, pale blue daily planner my grandfather gave me when he caught me scribbling on his important paperwork. In elementary school I would draw on anything with a blank surface, including worksheets, desks, text books, and playground equipment. My choice of medium quickly changed when my parents purchased our first computer, and I discovered the wonder that was Windows 95 Microsoft Paint. Traditional and digital art classes allowed me to develop a passion for art and flourish in my studies. Even now, twenty years later, I'm still the same art and tech enthusiast that I was as a child. I enjoy creating new, imaginative worlds, characters, and creatures using my stylus and tablet, as well as pencil and paper. I create my images as an outlet for my inner thoughts and feelings. I suffer from social anxiety so it can be hard to express myself verbally. A lot of my work is based on childhood experiences. I feel like everyone, even adults, can use a little imagination in their lives so I try and reflect that in my work."
Elysia Netter was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on July 4th, 1995. Since then, she has bounced around the east coast with her family, finally settling in North Carolina in 2008. Elysia currently lives and works in Greenville, NC, where she is a graduating senior from the Illustration program at East Carolina University. In her work as a studying illustrator, Elysia utilizes everything from print- making to graphic design as image-making tools. She prefers to work traditionally, but is digitally savvy and often combines the two when creating. After graduation, she plans to work in Greenville for a few months and then relocate to Norfolk, Virginia, where she hopes the booming arts community will offer a multitude of opportunities. When not in classes, Elysia spends her time playing video games with her significant other, going antique hunting, or cuddling with her cat.
"I create because there is an under-representation of female artists in the world, especially women of color. I create because my grandmother is an artist and never got to go to school for it. I create because black artists and female artists are never referred to as just "artists". I create because I love seeing myself more on a canvas than I do in my own mirror. I create because my hands always seem to say what my mouth cannot. I create because sexism and gender roles still exist. But most importantly, I create as a way to break some boundaries for people like me, who are not and should not be afraid to do whatever they want. "
Michael Richardson reflects that "from the time I was young enough to flip through picture books on my own, I've been interested in creating characters and worlds in which life seems to exist on a separate plane than our own. This is the sole reason that I am an illustrator. My personal work consists of imagery constructed as singular fragments of a surreal narrative in mid-action that invites the viewer to ascertain the underlying meaning or full story. I strive to create images that are visually interesting and estranged from reality. My goal is to use this meditative way of creating imagery to coax the viewer into a similarly meditative viewing state to observe and enter a realm of introspection. In contrast, my illustration work is composed of direct and easily relatable subject matter that clearly conveys a narrative. My overall goal is to arrive at a happy medium that meets industry standard of illustration with my surreal, stream of consciousness imagery."
"As an illustration major my artwork contains two major facets. One is to create characters or environments that convey a narrative sense that there is a pivotal moment happening. The second major facet in my work takes place in the process of creating imagery through stream of consciousness drawing. That is, drawing with a loose sense of subject matter and that enables me to draw what I am thinking in the moment, constantly solving formal visual problems as they arise in the piece. At the same time, I am examining closely the cultural habits that take place in my drawing, deciding whether to keep those habits, emphasize them or get rid of them altogether. Together, these two facets of my work merge together into surreal narrative works of art, which, of course, evolved a significant intrinsic meaning for me at that time in my life but also invite the viewer into that same surreal narrative and use their own cultural habits to ascribe meaning or form to the piece and what it's underlying meaning is for them. The experience is therapeutic and introspective for me and I work to construct these images so that they are visual interesting and extend the same qualities to the viewer."
Jordan Scurlock was born in Durham, North Carolina. He graduated from Kestrel Heights High School and enrolled at East Carolina University. Jordan has been at ECU for five years now studying Illustration and hopes to use the skills he has learned to develop a career designing characters and creatures for the entertainment industry. "In my work for this show I hope to show people my desire and passion for creature/character design. I want to communicate my ability to create unique and simultaneously memorable designs. I hope to express a second desire for story telling illustration in my work as well."
Clinton Lamonte Todd Jr. describes himself as " an African American male who was born in the city of Raleigh but raised it the countryside of Zebulon. I have been at East Carolina University since 2013. In those 5 years, I have done work with ECU Theatre, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, etc. When I leave here, my goal is to set out to become a children's illustrator. It goes without saying that I have always been someone who struggles. I make what may seem like the easiest of tasks seem more difficult than it ever had to be. This is an accurate representation of my beginning within the art program. Despite this, I am also someone who perseveres. Someone who pushes himself to grow a little bit further from where he was. I want my art to represent my growth as an illustrator, designer, and an artist ."
The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is located off of 5th and Jarvis Streets on the campus of East Carolina University in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed for all university holidays. Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department of Disability Support Services at least two weeks prior to the event (252) 737-1016.
For more information, please contact Tom Braswell, Interim Gallery Director, at (252) 328-6336.