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Anthony Reans

Anthony Reans

About Artist

Basic Information

  • Gender

    Male
  • Artist Statement

    I’m a late bloomer. I drifted a little after high school, then did a couple stints in the Air Force, where I worked as an electrician, then decided to leave the service. A little more drifting, and I realized the only thing I really wanted to do was create art, so in 2000, I enrolled at LSU Shreveport. I was twenty-nine years old, working on my BA in fine art (with a graphic design concentration), and feeling like I had a lot of catching up to do. My professor, who was considering retirement, was of the old-school, and made us go through our color theory and design lessons by hand. That is, no computers. We had to learn the crafts of drawing, painting, cutting and pasting (with X-Acto knives and glue!), and to actually measure things with rulers. I couldn’t help myself: I fell in love with it all, especially painting, and from that point on, I became terribly uninterested in graphic design. My painting got better and better, though, and eventually became pretty darn good. In the intervening sixteen years or so, I’ve painted steadily on, creating multiple concurrent series, from pop art to illustrations, to abstract landscapes, and now, after earning my MA in fine art (with a studio concentration), I’m creating my mature work in purely abstract compositions.

    I find that I’m very happy working without images. It’s very challenging to discover all the wonderful things you can do with the seemingly simple elements of colored lines and squares. My current series deals with the nature of connectedness. The lines, in their colors, their numbers and the contrast between them, create tension, an almost magnetic kind of push-pull effect, that wants to break down the invisible bond between the tiles, making them all zoom away in different directions. Meanwhile, the overall composition - the careful placement of the tiles in relation to one another - stabilizes and balances out the dynamic energy between them, keeping them together, making them form one unit, and making them greater than the sum of their parts. I believe it’s this element in the work that reflects the nature of human relationships, and makes the piece intellectually stimulating and emotionally charged. It’s the invisible bond (perhaps the human mind and our abstract thinking) that forms the final work of art.
  • Resume

    BORN: 1971, Angleton, TX
    WORKING: Shreveport, LA

    Member, Board of the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum, Shreveport, LA

    EDUCATION:

    MA fine art, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA, 2014

    BA fine art, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA, 2004

    GALLERY:

    The Agora Borealis Gallery, Shreveport, LA.



    AWARDS:

    Jan 2015 Works In Progress Louisiana Grant
    Nov. 2005 Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) Roster
    Oct. 2005 SRAC's Highway Haiku contest
    Oct. 2005 SRAC's Art on the Move contest
    2004 Interpretations Contest, Masterpiece Artist Canvas
    2003 SRAC's 2003 Mini-Mural contest
    2001-02 LSU Shreveport's Fine Art student of the year scholarship
    Dec. 2001 Addy award, Judges' Favorite, Advertising for the Arts



    SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

    May - July, 2016 – Recent Arrangements, The Agora Borealis, Shreveport, LA
    Sept., 2015 – Counterbalance, The Norsworthy Gallery, Shreveport, LA
    Jan., 2014 – Earth Energy Alchemy, River Oaks Fine Atrs Center, Alexandria, LA
    May., 2010 – Maximum Mindshare, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    Dec., 2009 – Pop Sensations, Women's Dept Club, Shreveport, LA
    July, 2005 – Featured visual artist for Detour Louisiana online magazine
    Jan., 2004 – The Columbia Show, Columbia Café, Shreveport, LA
    Sept., 2003 – Shreve Memorial Library, Shreveport, LA



    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

    July –Aug., 2017 – 14th Annual Art Melt Juried Exhibition, Forum 35, Baton Rouge, LA
    July –Aug., 2016 – 28th Annual Juried Exhibition, Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, Texarkana, TX
    Jan., 2016 – Abstract Nature, Rainforest Art Foundation/Marlene Yu Museum, Shreveport, LA
    Feb., 2015 – Critical Mass 3, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    2013 – Artini, Bossier Arts Council - featured artist , Bossier City, LA
    Dec., 2012 – Christmas Under the Ground, Minicine, Shreveport, LA
    July – Sept., 2012 – Chambers/Reans/Slaughter, Gallery Fine Art Center, Bossier City, LA
    Nov., 2011 – Sweet Bullets, Kettle Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
    Sept., 2011 – New Blood, Old Money, Kettle Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
    July - Aug., 2011 – Near and Far, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX
    Summer, 2010 – Studio Visit Magazine
    Fall, 2010 – Featured artist, Art of Louisiana, a 'coffee table' art book
    Feb. – May, 2010 – Triennial Northwest LA Competition, Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport, LA
    Oct., 2009 – Bona Fide, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    2007 - 2008 – Long term exhibition, Home Design Center, Shreveport, LA
    Aug. - Sept., 2007 East Bank Presents, The East Bank Gallery, Bossier City, LA
    2007 - 2009 – Artport: UP, Shreveport Regional Airport, Shreveport, LA
    2006 - 2007 – Citywide Gallery, West Edge Artists Co-op, Shreveport/Bossier, LA
    Dec., 2005 – Three Visions of the Feminine, Bistineau Gallery, Shreveport, LA
    Nov. - Dec., 2005 – Deck the Halls, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    June, 2005 – The TV Travel and Art Auction, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Baton Rouge, LA
    Feb., 2005 – Gallery Walk, American Fine Art, Dallas, TX
    Sept., 2004 – Grand opening event, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    Feb., 2004 – Visions, The Woburn Gallery, London, England
    Jan. - March, 2004 – Group exhibit, Turner Art Center Gallery, Shreveport, LA



    SELECTED COMMISSIONS:

    Nellie and Havard Lyons, Shreveport, LA
    Matt and Laruen Wallace, Shreveport, LA
    David McGivney, Dallas, TX, and New Orleans, LA
    Melissa Albritton and Jason Brown, Shreveport, LA



    COLLECTIONS:

    The Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX
    Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Shreveport, LA

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