works by Robert O. Keith IV
& Gene Tennison 

Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery

121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC



Jan. 10 - Feb. 9, 2020
Thurs., Jan. 16, 2020
5:30 -7:30 PM

The juxtaposition of Tennison's gossamer rural landscapes beside the crisp lines of Keith's decaying urban landscapes creates a tension that allows the viewer to reflect upon the passage of time through seemingly divergent perspectives.

Join the Arts Council in celebrating the opening exhibit of 2020 at a reception on Thursday, January 16, 2020.


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In his current work, Robert O. Keith IV borrows from abandoned spaces that are slowly being consumed by nature leaving them in a state of chaos and disorder. As Keith paints, he distorts these spaces by curving, expanding, and stretching the dimensions across a flat surface to best display their natural beauty. Robert directly explores these spaces in depth which enables him to identify and connect with the mood of each structure.

Keith works to bring out the rich, earthy colors and focus on intense contrasts to aid in conveying the temperatures and moods in each location. Through distortion, he is also able to drastically portray the gradual changes each space undergoes over time. It is his intention to showcase these unique and beautiful abandoned spaces so that they can be shared and enjoyed by everyone.



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Gene Tennison creates landscapes using the traditional mediums of oil paint on canvas, acrylic paint on canvas, and pastel on paper. While this style appears realistic at first glance, it takes on impressionistic characteristics upon closer examination. With a focus on technique, Tennison uses color and texture with cross-hatching and dot patterns to create the illusion of reality of depth and atmosphere to the eye.

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works by Sculpture and Ceramics 1 and 2, Northwestern High School


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