“Drawing and Narrative” Christopher Troutman – drawing

February 20 – March 24, 2017

“Drawing and Narrative”
by Christopher Troutman

Limited hours Spring Break March 13 – 17

Artist Statement
Drawing has dominated my studio research for the past 8 years.  The immediacy of drawing materials, charcoal and ink, allows me to achieve a close connection between thought and mark, because, for me, drawing is an exercise in visual memory.  While drawing from imagination I recombine and exaggerate aspects of remembered subjects while avoiding external references until my ability to visualize falls short, at which point I resort to observational sketches and photographs to clarify forms.  The subjects I draw are human figures in contemporary urban settings, based on my experiences and observations living primarily in the United States’ Midwest, southern Japan, and recently southeast Texas. I depict multiple figures, suggesting that they could interact, implying narrative and the passage of time, which is enhanced by dividing drawings into multiple sections.  Recently, I have used multi-sectioned drawings to examine similarities and differences between my memories of the U.S. and Japan by juxtaposing visual and spatial features unique to both locations. I amplify my subjects through mark making, intensified value patterns, dynamic compositions, and unexpected points of view in order to reveal the value of daily visual experiences as a topic of exploration in drawing.
~ Christopher Troutman

“Identity” Paintings by Art Minor

Emily Hopkins, ’17
Emily Hopkins is a senior at Saint Joseph’s University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Art.
With bold and vibrant color, the work of Emily Hopkins is exceptionally personal – a sort of doorway granting viewers permission to experience a sense of peace that Hopkins herself experiences while undergoing the process of creating a piece. Creating with raw emotion, Hopkins paints with unrestricted expression through the use of color. Her manipulation of color exudes different emotions that Hopkins hopes her audience can experience as well. Hopkins’s work is a genuine expression of her own thoughts and feelings, raw and unrestricted. The subject matter of particular pieces are realistic and comprehensible in form but portrayed with passionate and suggestive color affinitive with Hopkins’s own choice. The work of Emily Hopkins is organic, naturalistic, saturated with color, and most importantly, an innate representation of the artist herself.

Jesuit Spirit in the Arts 40th anniversary exhibition

Celebrating Fine Art and Dedication: SJU Gallery Features “Jesuit Spirit in the Arts” 40th Anniversary Exhibit

by Elizabeth Krotulis ’17

PHILADELPHIA (October 17, 2016) — Saint Joseph’s University Gallery will showcase the artwork of a dozen Jesuit priests to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Jesuit Spirit in the Arts,” from Monday, November 7, 2016 through Friday, February 10, 2017. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, photography, and mixed media pieces inspired by faith and spirituality.

In 1976, the first “Jesuit Spirit in the Arts” exhibit at Saint Joseph’s was curated by Dennis McNally, S.J., professor of art, to gather the artwork of Jesuits and others involved in fine arts at Jesuit colleges and universities across the world. A 10th anniversary celebration took place in 1986 which showcased art from Jesuit institutions nationwide.

This year, the 12 Jesuits contributing to the exhibit will display three pieces of original artwork. Mediums span from figurative watercolors to assemblages made from found objects by the featured artists: Arturo Araujo, S.J.; Sammy Chong, S.J.; Don Doll, S.J.; Michael Flecky, S.J.; Eugene Geinzer, S.J.; Oscar Magnan, S.J.; Dennis McNally, S.J.; Trung Pham, S.J.; Nicholas Rashford, S.J.; Brad Reynolds, S.J.; Michael Tunney, S.J.; and Josef Venker, S.J.

“The phrase attributed to the Jesuit order and its founder St. Ignatius of Loyola, Ad maiorem Dei gloriam  — for the greater glory of God  —  serves as a backdrop for the ‘Jesuit Spirit in the Arts’ exhibit,” says SJU associate gallery director Jeanne Bracy. “Although the work itself is varied, there is an underlying theme of finding God in everything. These 12 Jesuit artists, through their teaching and their artwork, exemplify Jesuit spirit and principles.”

The 40th anniversary celebration will also mark Fr. McNally’s 40 years of service with Saint. Joseph’s as founder of the university’s art department and as the department chair for a total of 22 years. Fr. McNally will display his paintings, most of which have never before been seen by the public, in a special portion of the exhibit.

“Being asked to have an exhibit of my life’s work mounted at Saint Joseph’s is new to me and I am tremendously grateful for and honored by the opportunity,” says Fr. McNally. “I paint my heart out, sometimes finding food for my soul in the very things that come from my hands. I share my work with whomever God sends my way; sometimes someone else finds it really helpful, and I’m glad.”

Fr. McNally’s Renaissance-influenced work, created on canvases six-feet in one dimension and from two to 20-feet in the other, follows a religious theme that results from connecting with God through prayer. His art often depicts the wonder and mystery of God behind life’s suffering.

A pair of gallery talks will launch the event Thursday, November 10, at 5 p.m., in the Cardinal Foley Campus Center. Distinguished speaker John O’Malley, S.J., university professor of theology at Georgetown University, will present a lecture titled “The Jesuits and Art: How it Happened and So What?” to discuss Jesuit art throughout history. Fr. O’Malley, who specializes in studies of early modern Christianity, the Renaissance and the Society of Jesus has served as a visiting professor at numerous universities, including Harvard and Oxford. Fr. O’Malley’s talk will be followed by Fr. McNally’s presentation “A Jesuit Artist’s Perspective” on the connection between his artwork and vocation as a Jesuit.

A reception will follow from 6 – 8 p.m. in the University Gallery.