animal mug, dish, glass: paintings on paper by James Secor

In January and February 2020, Norwich Public Library will feature animal mug, dish, glass: paintings on paper by James Secor in the Library’s Community Room.

In a dozen works of plain components – mug, dish, glass – Secor creates emotionally audacious works informed by purposeful and slow invention.

Taken one by one, Secor’s paintings become close studies in rhythm and balance. When seen as a series, intricate rhyme schemes surface as objects change shape, placement, and chromatic tone from picture to picture while retaining their basic identity.

The work reflects an engaged and deliberative process. “I create patterns of color to invigorate the painting surface, “ says Secor. “In working in gouache, I am able to rework a painting after it’s dry, leaving no reason to rush a single sitting.”

Meditations on process, isolation, and the mystery of ordinary objects, Secor’s paintings are a reminder that observing the smallest of details is worth time.

The artist will be present and available for questions at an opening reception on Friday, January 31 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Works are available for sale by contacting the artist directly via jamessecor.com

About the Artist

Montpelier-based artist James Secor was born and raised in the hills of eastern Kentucky and studied painting at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. He has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Vermont and his 2017 Studio Place Arts show, #nomophobia, was rated a favorite Vermont exhibition of the year by Seven Days magazine.

Artful Thinking Guide

Artful Thinking. The library has developed an Artful Thinking Guide with National Visual Arts Standards to accompany this show. All educators are invited to take a look.