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New Works by Eduardo Fernandez
September 6 - October 26
Exhibit: September 6 – October 26, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission
Eduardo Fernandez is a Portland-based portrait, landscape, and still life painter. He has been commissioned for several notable portraits, including the official State portrait of Governor Ted Kulangoski and a commemorative portrait of Lieutenant Colonel Stan Adams and his wife Jean for the community center at The Dalles Veterans Home named in their honor. Fernandez has also taught at the Portland Art Museum and the Multnomah Art Center, as well as served as the University Club of Portland’s Artist-in-Residence.
Among a selection of recent paintings, Fernandez’s exhibit will feature two self-portraits: one is a small oil painting he created five years ago, the other a pencil drawing made this past winter. Fernandez, like many painters before him, is fascinated by their contrast, revealing not only changes in his artistic style, but in the persona it reflects back to him.
“A self-portrait is a good way to reflect on where you’ve been and perhaps where you’re going,” said Fernandez. “I think self-portraits also bring you back to a certain place, time, feeling, and mood. Have I changed? Is this how others see me? Is this how I see myself?”
Self-portraits are also a way for Fernandez to explore his craft, experimenting with different styles and modes of expression – one that is convenient, too, “with a model that is always available!”
Fernandez came to be a professional artist after a career as an acupuncturist. He drew regularly as a child and enjoyed school art classes, but never felt it was a realistic career choice. He picked up painting as an adult, eventually transitioning from acupuncture to earning a living as an artist and teacher.
His work often utilizes the “alla prima” style. Italian for “first attempt,” alla prima paintings are created quickly using a limited palette and a thick paintbrush. Focusing on light and mood as much as capturing the subject’s likeness, “alla prima” portraits are a well-wrought, painterly sketch. Fernandez will demonstrate “alla prima” painting during his opening reception.
Throughout his career, Fernandez has also explored other mediums, including watercolor, printmaking, and sculpture. “I even went through an abstract painting phase,” said Fernandez. “But I always come back to drawing and painting from observation because it’s in the moment and suits my temperament best.”
Fernandez will return to La Grande in October to teach a two-day workshop in the “alla prima” portrait technique at Art Center East. The class will focus on oil painting using a live model. For more here or call 541-624-2800.
Find out more about Eduardo Fernandez at https://www.eduardofernandez.com/
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