“Painterly Expressions of an Artistic Couple” – David and Susan Harmon
Showing through 26 April, 2017 are recent paintings by husband and wife team David and Susan Harmon from Howard Payne University, Brownwood, Texas. The exhibition couldn’t demonstrate better the way two artists can paint extremely different works but also works that provide unity and a holistic environment in a single venue. Two of Susan’s large canvases cover over 17 feet on each side of the walls and zig-zag high and low because the canvas pieces were sewn together in irregular sections. By themselves, just the shapes are interesting, but then add color and the walls pop and attract passersby into the gallery to see more. Once inside, viewers experience the walls popping with smaller works created by David Harmon. Eighteen square panels don’t zig and zag but spiral and rotate with abstract thick slashes of blue tones. Eyes don’t stay focused but follow the continuation from one piece to another, hung at a variety of heights to exaggerate the effect.
David Harmon is Chair and Professor of Art at Howard Payne University and is presently working towards his PhD in Critical Studies at Texas Tech University. His MFA was earned at Penn State University. Susan is also studying at Texas Tech University for her MAE degree. Both Harmons have CVs that include long lists of juried, invitational, and solo exhibits, including many international venues. Each has a solid reputation based on many excellent conference presentations. Especially notable are the residencies, special events, and publications that each has participated in.
The current exhibit not only highlights painterly expressions of an artistic couple, but emphasizes two professional career paths woven together to facilitate a strong collaborative project.