Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery, located in USC Upstate’s Performing Arts Center, presents “Other Selves,” a selection of recent work by Greenville, S.C., painter, Kevin Isgett. The exhibition, which opens September 30 and runs through October 28, features works from his recent series “Other Selves.” An artist reception will be held 4:30 p.m. October 6.
“Other Selves” began as a curious foray into a mostly unexplored genre for Isgett – portraits. These head and figure portraits, depicting boys and teens, became a means of exploration, both artistically and personally. His use of multiple perspectives, lighting sources and even subjects creates multilayered, emotionally-gripping, metaphoric works that capture the awkwardness and uncertainty of adolescence.
“I’m interested in how altering the head and facial proportions can change the way they look and the way we perceive them,” Isgett said. “We are quick to judge from our perceptions. I paint mostly young men and boys as an extension of myself. While not self-portraits, they are tributes to the nerdy, creative and inward boys; the boys who could never quite fit in.”
“Other Selves” consists of more than two-dozen portraits created between 2014-2016. A new piece entitled “Never Enough” will be featured in the exhibit.
Based in Greenville, S.C., Kevin Isgett, assistant professor of art at Bob Jones University, received his MA in Studio Art from Bob Jones University in 2005 and his MFA in Painting from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Calif., in 2013. He has won several awards including first place in Artisphere’s Artists of the Upstate in 2015. Isgett’s work has been featured in numerous institutions including Gallery 8o8o8 in Columbia, S.C.; Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, S.C.; Art & Light Gallery in Greenville; Pickens County Museum of Art and History in Pickens, S.C., and Anderson Arts Center in Anderson, S.C.