Ramirez uses Ozarks as inspiration for senior art show

Release Date: 4/29/2013

Carlos Ramirez, an art major from Clarksville, will display his senior art show in the Stephens Gallery from Monday, April 29, through Friday, May 3. Ramirez' display will feature oil paintings and drawings, all showcasing Ozarks subjects.

Carlos at work on a portrait.

Drawings like this one of Ozarks First Lady Sherée Niece in sunglasses will be on display during the senior at show of Carlos Ramirez, scheduled for April 29-May 3 in the Stephens Gallery.

"For the oils, I focus on different landscapes of the Ozarks campus to develop simple compositions of memorable places around and on campus, all of which will be accented with representations of different flowers seen throughout the University grounds," Ramirez explained. "The painted and drawn flower representations are smaller and more intimate, while the landscapes are much larger"

Ramirez's drawings include three series: Flowers, Shades and Hands.

"The Hands and Shades series, are the more intricate among the works presented because I had to seek out models from among the people at the university," Ramirez said. "The Shades series is meant to complement the Hands series, and the majority of the hand models were asked to provide a picture of themselves with sunglasses so that a companion charcoal portrait could be produced."

Ramirez, who is known around campus for his skill at portraitures, began his drawing and painting series as a way of showcasing his varied talents, but it soon began to mean more to him than that.

"The exploration of visually representing the University was a simple way to extend my practice of painting in a way that could be enjoyed and assessed by those that would be most directly exposed to my work. A snapshot of the people started as a simple experiment of hand drawings, and now has become a series that I will continue for as long as I can beyond the ones that are collected at University of the Ozarks," Ramirez said.

Ramirez's work will be on display in the Stephens Gallery, which is located in the Walton Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the week. There is no charge for admission.

A reception to meet the artist will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, May 3.