DONALD G. LONGCRIER | NOVEMBER 19 – DECEMBER 23
Artist Reception Open to the Public: Thursday, November 19 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm.
11.09.2009 – Oklahoma City, Okla. (November 4, 2009) - Donald G. Longcrier will be
exhibiting in the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery at City Arts Center November 19 through
December 23, 2009. The opening artist reception will be held on Thursday,
November 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and is free to the public.
Longcrier’s work exhibits both floor and wall pieces as well as large and small. He
intends his work to be quiet and contemplative works and executes them as simply
as possible to avoid decoration and embellishment. To reach these ends, he finds
old objects and materials with the appropriate patinas or colors. Longcrier uses
what ever materials are required to create the desired artwork he has envisioned.
Often these works require that he create his artwork with heavy materials and use an
ancient wax painting technique referred to as encaustic in which surfaces and
pigments are secured under a layer of wax.
He explains, “Wax needs a rigid surface and heavy objects require supports strong
enough to hold their weight, so I use plywood panels. I don’t manipulate surfaces or
distress materials to simulate age or wear.” Longcrier takes pride in the simplicity
he is able to convey through his artwork. During the creation of this body of work he
made no distinction between drawing, painting and sculpture, referring instead to
the resulting work as floor pieces or wall pieces. Donald explains the clarity his work
conveys, “My work is very simple. You do not need any particular knowledge or
additional information to understand the work. The viewer, and I mean any viewer, is
quite capable of looking at and coming to some understanding of most work.”
“Mysterious, honest and restful on the eye, Longcrier’s work aims to de-clutter our
vision,” said Mary Ann Prior, executive director of City Arts Center. “By focusing the
viewer’s attention on materials and textures that might