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LSUA University Gallery Opening Reception

Released: 03/05/2001

<p> The Louisiana State University at Alexandria University Gallery is holding an opening reception for the exhibit "Cold Hard Wax: Nature vs. Nature" by Bryan Lafaye of Lafayette. The reception will be held on Thursday, March 8 from 5:30 p.m. until </p><p> 7:30 p.m in the Gallery. The exhibit will be on display until April 6, 2001. </p><p> Lafaye utilizes the materials of beeswax and pigment to produce paintings which reflect his interest in humanism, mankind&acute;s relationship to his environment, and the use of iconography for purposes of persuasion. </p><p> "I use beeswax in my work due to its unique ability to provide greater depth-my techniques are not traditional encaustic techniques, so I am able to build or laminate layers of wax, pigment and imagery, supporting the visual illusion of depth which refers back to initial ideas concerning each painting," Lafaye said. "The process of painting with wax is wonderful, and one which has been used by artists since ancient times." </p><p> Lafaye, a New Orleans native, received his master of fine arts degree from Clemson University in 1993. For the past eight years, he has taught studio art and art history at several institutions including Clemson University, Louisiana College , LSUA and most recently at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL). He also held the position of director of the University Art Museum while at ULL. He currently resides and operates his consulting firm and painting studio in Lafayette. </p><p> Lafaye has exhibited work in museums and galleries throughout the southeastern United States, participating in juried, group and solo exhibitions. He is currently participating in the exhibition After a Decade, a cross country traveling exhibition of works by sixteen artists living and working in various parts of the United States. </p><p> For more information, contact professor Roy deVille, director of the University Art Gallery at (318) 473-6449 </p>