Lindy Hop Paintings of America's Most Beautiful Folk Dance by Seth Harris
Oct 18, 2020
Lindy Hop Paintings of America's Most Beautiful Folk Dance by Seth Harris October 2, 2020 - November 1, 2020 Corkran Opening reception: Friday, October 2, 2020 (5-7pm). Artist Statement Considered one of America’s most popular folk dance, the Lindy Hop was created in the 1930’s through 50’s by African American’s at the Savoy ballroom in New York City and was then adopted by world. Weekly swing dances occur in cities of over 100 different countries worldwide. Everyone depicted in the paintings of this series were not hired models, only dancers from the social dance scene. The paintings in this exhibition will showcase Harris’ skill for painting figurative realism. Artist Bio Seth Harris is an American oil painter. His figurative paintings often portray dancers, beach goers, and otherwise ordinary people in contemporary settings. His work is strongly influenced by the oil paintings of Rembrandt, Caravaggio, and Sargent. His use of heavy texture puts his style somewhere between realism and impressionism. Born in Annapolis, MD in 1983, he received a Naval Architecture degree from NY Maritime in 2005. He lived on US flagged ships working as a merchant mariner until late 2010 when he became the artist in residence at a small Brooklyn art house. Over the next few years he gained membership in the Salmagundi Club and National Art League as an exhibiting artist. In addition to painting, he is very active in the partner dance world. He choreographs for the award winning swing dance performance group the NY Sea Findyhoppers and regularly performs with other troupes. It is from this pool of inspiration that he drew from to create his Lindy Hop series. Awards 2018 – Honorable Mention, The National Art League 2018 – Best in Show, The National Art League 2018 – Award of Merit, The Salmagundi Club 2018 – Award of Merit, The National Art League 2017 – Honorable Mention, The National Art League 2017 – Award of Merit, The National Art League 2016 – Honorable Mention, The Green Point Gallery 2016 – Jack Richeson & Co. Award, The National Art League Image Credit: “End of Song,” oil on canvas by Seth Harris Venue: Rehoboth Art League.