PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Rashawn Penister, a senior art major at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) debuted a collection of works recently at the Leedell Moorehead-Graham Fine Arts Gallery. A native of Pine Bluff and a graduate of Watson Chapel High School, Rashawn received his associate degree in general studies from Southeast Arkansas College. His series of works range from paintings, drawings, photographs and prints.
“Rashawn is an exceptional young artist who paints with feeling, delivery and ambition,” said UAPB Art Professor Danny Campbell. “His works speak to us about the feeling and expression of portraiture.”
His influences are derived from master artists such as: Andy Warhol, Chuck Close and Fauve artist, Henri Matisse. His bright, bold and impasto use of colors seem to vibrate and stimulate the viewer and make them come closer to the canvas. Rashawn has shown a great deal of fortitude and style in his work, his technique is exciting and rare for such a young artist. His compositions are about people who he admires and is one to watch as he matures as an artist in the near future.
During his enrollment at UAPB, he served as president of the John Howard-Hale Woodruff Art Guild, a member of Kappa Delta Pi, won Best of Show at the 2012 Student Juried Show and recently received an Honorable Mention Award at the Hot Springs Regional Art Competition. He plans to obtain a MFA degree in painting and drawing soon. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run until May 24, 2013.