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Paintings and Wall Drawing by Rick Mallette

Paintings and Wall Drawing by Rick Mallette

The Cincinnati Arts Association's Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts premieres Paintings and Wall Drawing by Rick Mallette, a monumental wall drawing and a new series of whimsical and expressive oil paintings. 

Rick Mallette's colorful and expressive abstract paintings suggest emerging and ambiguous biomorphic forms. With influences rooted in 1960s and '70s caricature and psychedelic rock posters, Mallette's recent paintings feature heads as a point of departure, resulting in a pop/painterly figuration. Complementing this new series of paintings, Mallette completed an ambitious and monumental on-site abstract wall drawing measuring 10 x 35 feet that features lyrical lines and evolving forms. 

Rick Mallette attended Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Mich.) where he earned a bachelor of fine arts in painting and drawing in 1991 and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he earned a master of fine arts in painting and drawing in 1994. He continued to live in Chicago through 2001 and participated in exhibitions at NFA Space, Weak and Greasy Gallery, Rainbo Club, Butcher Shop, and The Bodybuilder and Sportsman Gallery. In 2002, he moved to Cincinnati where he currently lives and works as a manager for Happening, Inc., a non-profit arts organization on the Northside. He has exhibited his work at S.S. Nova, Semantics, Publico, Southgate House, Unit 2, Carnegie Arts Center, and Aisle Gallery. 

download Rick's Statement Panel  

Gallery Talk Series: Wed., Jan. 20, 7 p.m.

Families Create! Education Workshop: Sat., Feb. 20, 10 a.m.