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Randy L. Purcell

Randy Purcell
​​Left: Working in Atlanta, ink transfer on beeswax on plywood panel, 24" x 24"
Right: A Sheep Named Notch, ink transfer on beeswax on plywood panel, 24" x 24"
September 8 - November 29, 2015
Concourse C, across from Gates 10 and 13
Randy L. Purcell is originally from Paducah, Ky. After holding a wide variety of jobs from serving in the Army Reserve to working at a uranium enrichment plant, he moved to Nashville in 2000 looking for a change, but not entirely sure what he was looking for. At the age of 37, he enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University’s Art program, and in 2009, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art. Randy has since continued to work in several media, but for the last few years he has focused on his encaustic paintings. His work can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the United States and public art projects in the Nashville area.

About Just For A Moment
This body of work is about slowing down, taking time away from chaos and enjoying a moment. The subjects vary, as do surroundings, thoughts and feelings. When something catches my attention, I take photographs that then become possible subjects of my paintings and a template for my process of transferring ink from recycled magazines onto a thin layer of beeswax. The result of this process is a mosaic-like field of color that makes up the larger shape of the subjects. My intent is to seduce the viewer into their own moment of contemplation; an escape from chaos, if just for a moment; a reminder that we should all slow down and reflect on what’s important.
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