Paine College To Host South Carolina Artist John Pendarvis Exhibit

Posted by lsuggs | 10/15/2012 12:27 PM

(AUGUSTA, GA) –  Paine College will host an art exhibit reception featuring South Carolina artist John Pendarvis on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at 1pm in the Candler Memorial Library building. 

Pendarvis is a native of South Carolina.  His art work consists of large collages, mixed media, canvases, serigraphs and pieces on paper.  Pendarvis’ works are representations of jazz band musicians, dancing, African ceremonial masks, and spiritual themes.
The collection featured in the Candler Memorial Building highlight is comprised of his most recent works, depicts African Masks Series, man, watermelons, dogs, and the controversial South Carolina Confederate flag. 
“With the African Masks, I attempted to play on the idea of people wearing masks and playing games; but with these recent works, the viewer is free to decide.  Each viewer brings their own perspective to the art; the art will have as many meanings as there viewers.  This is perfectly acceptable; no one’s interpretation is any less valid than any other.”

Pendarvis’ work has been awarded best graphics in two Springs Art Shows and first place in the Southeast Black Art Competition in North Carolina.  His art has been featured in collections of Spartanburg Arts Council, South Carolina State University, and many private collections.  In additions, his work has been exhibited at the Chris and David Abner Invitational Exhibit, in Columbus, Ohio.  Pendarvis is a member of The Artist Collective, Greenville, S.C., Upstate Visual Arts, as well as the Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville.

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Photo caption: John Pendarvis, African American Masks, 2011