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Anthony Reans

Anthony Reans

About Artist

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  • Artist Statement

    I have two statements: one for my formal abstract work, created under my given name, and one for my alter ego, Mister Painty.

    Abstract works:

    I find that I’m very happy working without images. It’s very challenging to discover all the wonderful things you can do with the seemingly simple elements of colored lines and squares. My current series deals with the nature of connectedness. The lines, in their colors, their numbers and the contrast between them, create tension, an almost magnetic kind of push-pull effect, that wants to break down the invisible bond between the tiles, making them all zoom away in different directions. Meanwhile, the overall composition - the careful placement of the tiles in relation to one another - stabilizes and balances out the dynamic energy between them, keeping them together, making them form one unit, and making them greater than the sum of their parts. I believe it’s this element in the work that reflects the nature of human relationships, and makes the piece intellectually stimulating and emotionally charged. It’s the invisible bond (perhaps the human mind and our abstract thinking) that forms the final work of art.

    Mister Painty:

    Mister Painty is my alter ego. I use him as an outlet for the sillier side of my artistic expression. I believe it's important that art sometimes simply entertain us, without taking itself too seriously, so this is my effort to marry my more intellectual, culturally sensitive self with my goofier self.

    Mr. Painty says, “Let’s elevate the Internet meme to the level of fine art. Take it away from the computer monitor, off the cell phone, and down from the news feed. Bind it to a strip of fabric and fasten it to the wall.

    Why do we love memes? Is it the humor alone? Not all memes are humorous, but the most popular ones are. Is there more to gain from them than the occasional momentary chuckle? Should a good meme have staying power, and remain relevant year after year, like a good painting? And what does it say about our culture’s obsession with entertainment being so overwhelming that movies, characters, comics, games, TV shows, and toys all blend together into a maelstrom of imagery and branding? It gets crazy out there, impossible to keep up.

    Superimposing pop cultural imagery and casual jokes over beautiful, refined brocade fabrics demonstrates the perfect balance of the low brow and the high brow of our anything-goes culture.”

    And that’s funny. So there’s more to the meme than meets the eye.
  • Resume

    BORN: 1971, Angleton, TX
    WORKING: Shreveport, LA

    Member, Board of the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum, Shreveport, LA

    EDUCATION:

    MA fine art, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA, 2014

    BA fine art, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA, 2004

    GALLERY AFFILIATION:

    The Agora Borealis Gallery, Shreveport, LA.

    Graphite Gallery, New Orleans, LA

    MAC Fine Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    TEACHING:

    2013-2015 Adjunct Instructor, Fine Art Photography, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA

    AWARDS/HONORS/PUBLICATIONS:

    Jan 2015 Works In Progress Louisiana Grant
    Nov. 2005 Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) Roster
    Oct. 2005 SRAC’s Highway Haiku contest
    Oct. 2005 SRAC’s Art on the Move contest
    2004 Interpretations Contest, Masterpiece Artist Canvas
    2003 SRAC’s 2003 Mini-Mural contest
    2001-02 LSU Shreveport’s Fine Art student of the year scholarship
    Dec. 2001 Addy award, Judges’ Favorite, Advertising for the Arts

    SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

    May – July, 2016 – Recent Arrangements, The Agora Borealis, Shreveport, LA
    Sept., 2015 – Counterbalance, The Norsworthy Gallery, Shreveport, LA
    Jan., 2014 – Earth Energy Alchemy, River Oaks Fine Arts Center, Alexandria, LA
    May., 2010 – Maximum Mindshare, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    Dec., 2009 – Pop Sensations, Women’s Dept Club, Shreveport, LA
    July, 2005 – Featured visual artist for Detour Louisiana online magazine
    Jan., 2004 – The Columbia Show, Columbia Café, Shreveport, LA
    Sept., 2003 – Shreve Memorial Library, Shreveport, LA

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

    June, 2019 – Marks In Time (a three-artist exhibit), Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Shreveport, LA
    March, 2019 – Critical Mass 7, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    Aug. – Oct., 2018 – Collector’s Eye Exhibition, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    July – Aug., 2017 – 14th Annual Art Melt Juried Exhibition, Forum 35, Baton Rouge, LA
    April – 2017 Culture Crush – Northwest Louisiana Artists’ Studio Tours
    July –Aug., 2016 – 28th Annual Juried Exhibition, Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, Texarkana, TX
    Jan., 2016 – Abstract Nature, Rainforest Art Foundation/Marlene Yu Museum, Shreveport, LA
    Feb., 2015 – Critical Mass 3, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    2013 – Artini, Bossier Arts Council – featured artist , Bossier City, LA
    Dec., 2012 – Christmas Under the Ground, Minicine, Shreveport, LA
    July – Sept., 2012 – Chambers/Reans/Slaughter, Gallery Fine Art Center, Bossier City, LA
    Nov., 2011 – Sweet Bullets, Kettle Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
    Sept., 2011 – New Blood, Old Money, Kettle Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
    July – Aug., 2011 – Near and Far, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX
    Summer, 2010 – Studio Visit Magazine
    Fall, 2010 – Featured artist, Art of Louisiana, a ‘coffee table’ art book
    Feb. – May, 2010 – Triennial Northwest LA Competition, Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport, LA
    Oct., 2009 – Bona Fide, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    2007 – 2008 – Long term exhibition, Home Design Center, Shreveport, LA
    Aug. – Sept., 2007 East Bank Presents, The East Bank Gallery, Bossier City, LA
    2007 – 2009 – Artport: UP, Shreveport Regional Airport, Shreveport, LA
    2006 – 2007 – Citywide Gallery, West Edge Artists Co-op, Shreveport/Bossier, LA
    Dec., 2005 – Three Visions of the Feminine, Bistineau Gallery, Shreveport, LA
    Nov. – Dec., 2005 – Deck the Halls, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    June, 2005 – The TV Travel and Art Auction, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Baton Rouge, LA
    Feb., 2005 – Gallery Walk, American Fine Art, Dallas, TX
    Sept., 2004 – Grand opening event, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    Feb., 2004 – Visions, The Woburn Gallery, London, England
    Jan. – March, 2004 – Group exhibit, Turner Art Center Gallery, Shreveport, LA

    SELECTED COMMISSIONS:

    Nellie and Havard Lyons, Shreveport, LA
    Matt and Laruen Wallace, Shreveport, LA
    David McGivney, Dallas, TX, and New Orleans, LA
    Melissa Albritton and Jason Brown, Shreveport, LA

    COLLECTIONS:

    The Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX
    Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Shreveport, LA
    Lofts at 624, Shreveport, LA

    JUDGING:

    Sept., 2018 – Hoover Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition

    AUCTIONS/BENEFITS:
    2018 – Philadelphia Center auction, Shreveport, LA
    2013 – Artini, Bossier Arts Council – featured artist , Bossier City, LA
    2007 – 2009 – Artport, Shreveport Regional Airport, Shreveport, LA
    2002 – Philadelphia Center auction, Shreveport, LA

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    Mister Painty statement Aug 2019 Mister Painty is my alter ego. I use him as an outlet for the sillier side of my artistic expression. I believe...
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    Mister Painty statement Aug 2019 Mister Painty is my alter ego. I use him as an outlet for the sillier side of my artistic expression. I believe...
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    Mister Painty statement Aug 2019 Mister Painty is my alter ego. I use him as an outlet for the sillier side of my artistic expression. I believe...
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    Mister Painty statement Aug 2019 Mister Painty is my alter ego. I use him as an outlet for the sillier side of my artistic expression. I believe...