Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pryor Fine Art Presents Christopher T. Terry and Paula Landrem

January 21 through February 11

To kick-off its 2011 exhibitions, Pryor Fine Art welcomes artists Christopher T. Terry and Paula Landrem. This will be the first show at the gallery for each of these recognized artists. The show begins with an Opening Reception on Friday, January 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will run through February 11.

While Christopher T. Terry has been defined as a realist painter, he strives in each of his works to create a rhythm that recalls the pace of ritual and dreams. This means that the rhythm derives from invention more often than from direct observation. The central theme of Terry’s work is the ability of light to transform. Although he selects and places subjects carefully, most are chosen from the insignificant artifacts of everyday life. Without the stage Terry creates for them, these objects would likely be overlooked. The interiors he chooses are similarly anonymous, and he is drawn to spaces and objects that lack a strong individual presence. Instead, he relies on light to transform an abandoned interior and enigmatically placed object into a secular altar. The resulting quiet aspect of his paintings, as well as his use of symmetry, would seem to undermine tension, but the silence present in the paintings alternatively suggests an anticipation: an event about to happen.

Terry was born in Stamford, Connecticut and earned a BA in Studio Art from the Rhode Island College in Providence in 1978, followed by a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. Terry began teaching in 1984 at California State University, Long Beach and has been with Utah State University since 1988. Terry is the recipient of numerous awards including the Utah Visual Artist Fellowship and a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship in Painting. He has twice been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for Teaching and Research in Germany and in 2000 was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. He continues to exhibit his paintings at galleries in the United States and Germany.

Paula Landrem is a native of New Orleans and has been painting professionally since 1992. Her work is guided by process and the behavior of various lays and materials used in her mixed media abstracts. Although her canvases are saturated with color and texture, the true emotion of her work is revealed through manipulation and alteration of the surface.

Lamdrem studied at Southeastern Louisiana University and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. Her works are included in numerous private and corporate collections. Her work has appeared in many national publications including Veranda, Architectural Digest, and Metropolitan Home.

About Pryor Fine Art

Pryor Fine Art – formerly Bennett Street Gallery – strives to engage a contemporary stable of artists who exemplify innovation in technique, content and quality. Today, the gallery represents more than 40 artists from Atlanta and throughout the United States. Pryor Fine Art is located at 22-F Bennett Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit: or call 404-352-8775.

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