Jim Stratton: "Screams and Whispers" at the BCAC gallery


  • Black Creek Arts Council 116 West College Avenue Hartsville, SC, 29550 United States

In the Black Creek Arts Center Gallery from December 1st 2016 - January 27th 2017:

Jim Stratton: Screams and Whispers

The Opening Reception is December 1st from 5:30-7pm and the exhibit will remain on display until January 27. Visit this website to view some of his work.

Jim portrays the beauty of the outdoors in most of his work through the use of a lively color palette, lots of atmospheric and linear perspective, and time-tested compositional laws.  His work varies from tight detail to loose impressionism and into mostly geometric abstraction.
Teaching for many years has given him the opportunity to share what he believes are techniques, theories, and practices that are seldom taught in schools anymore.  Art history, science of color and light, art materials, etc. Have all been major subjects in his classes. He loves to show people how to “construct” a painting using what he has learned over his half century in art.

My artist statement always includes my philosophy that says, “Art can scream or whisper…it can say much or just be”. I have always thought that many art critics often complicate judging and interpreting by interjecting too much ambiguous depth sometimes suggesting that a work of art is saying something completely contrary to what the artist was trying to say. “Art can just whisper or just be”…it can just exist as an aesthetically pleasing, visual experience and nothing more.

On the other hand, many artists are compelled to let their art “scream and say much”. They use their work to convey their political, societal, and even religious convictions, and that is perfectly alright as well. One kind of art is not better than the other because it fits into either category. Good art contains good composition, color scheme, technical merit, and craftsmanship, and it will always be that way, regardless of what the critics say.
I hope you enjoy my interpretations in oils…you be the judge for a change.
— Jim Stratton