2 Rules Fine Art gallery presents “A Sense of Place,” an exhibition of oil paintings by Atlanta artist Paul LaJeunesse. The show runs now through March 1, with a reception on Friday, February 7th, from 6-9pm at the gallery.
LaJeunesse is a realist landscape painter whose work deals with symbiotic relationships of light, space and structure. He attempts to create, in his viewers, the sensation of being present in the physical space of the imagery.
Many of the landscapes in the exhibition were completed by LaJeunesse while in Iceland on a Fulbright grant. Those paintings, mostly done in stark black and white, depict the cold and hauntingly beautiful landscapes of Iceland. Additional works in the exhibition are colorful landscapes rendered with a surreal quality, many with a collage approach that pulls various spaces together into a singular dramatic new space.
“I am fascinated with our perception of time and space, and how we assimilate it with an internal value system, to create meaning for our lives,” LaJeunesse says. “The paintings do not attempt to depict a scene, but rather to harken to a moment of understanding of an experience that transcends the sense of self and aligns our being with the universe.”
LaJeunesse currently resides in Atlanta, where he teaches drawing and painting at Georgia State University. He received a B.F.A. in drawing from Missouri State University and an M.F.A. in painting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and he has taught art for almost ten years.
The reception on February 7 is free and open to the public. A Sense of Place will show at the gallery through March 1st. The gallery is located at 85 Church St., Marietta GA 30060. Visit http://www.2rulesfineart.com/lajeunesse.php for more information about the exhibition or call 404-355-6897.
About 2 Rules Fine Art
Founded in 2011, 2 Rules Fine Art is an Atlanta-area art gallery showing “Art You Need to Know About.” The gallery presents art by local and national artists, with an emphasis on art that is innovative in technique, presentation, or design. 2 Rules Fine Art is located at 85 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060. For gallery hours and other information, visit http://www.2rulesfineart.com or call 404-355-6897.
About artist Paul LaJeunesse
Paul LaJeunesse received a B.F.A. in drawing (cum laude) from Missouri State University and an M.F.A. in painting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He was the recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields grant in 2006 and a Fulbright grant 2007-2008. With the Fulbright grant, he did art residencies in Reykjavik and Siglufjördur, Iceland. He has taught at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Missouri and at Western Oregon University in Monmouth Oregon. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions at Rogue Community College in Oregon, Idaho State University, Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle Washington, Saitama University in Saitama Japan, and the Akane Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. He currently resides in Atlanta Georgia where he teaches drawing and painting at Georgia State University.