Pfeiffer University News
Pfeiffer exhibit depicts the human form in “Go Figure” by two well-respected North Carolina artists
- Published on Friday, September 03, 2010 ( 9:11 am )
The work of two Lake Norman artists best known for their extraordinary paintings and drawings of the human anatomy, will be on display during “Go Figure,” a celebration of the human form, now through Sept. 24. Paintings and figure drawings by Adele Goodman, of Mooresville, and Roger Hicks, of Cornelius, will be exhibited in the Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery at Pfeiffer University.
An artist reception is scheduled from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16 in the gallery, which is located in Goode Hall on the Misenheimer campus. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. The Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except during special events.
Adele Goodman has always been amazed by the human form. She studied anatomy at length in high school and in figure drawing classes at East Carolina University (ECU) School of Art. A recurring theme in her nudes is to highlight a woman’s strength and beauty, even in times of despair. Goodman’s work not only features humans, but the artist often demonstrates her love for animals through her rich work. Growing up on a farm in Western Rowan County, she was surrounded by all sorts of animals. Consequently, she developed a respect and love that is reflected in her work.
“I don’t see flaws, illness, age or any imperfections,” said Goodman, who prefers dry medium to wet, and her realistic style involves painstaking detail and her pastels are so detailed, they are sometimes mistaken for oil paintings. “I only see God’s love and a perfect creation. And that’s what I try to capture.”
Goodman’s career as an artist competes with a hectic career at Penske Racing but she manages to successfully balance them both. In March 2008, she spent a week studying oils under 2008 Artist of the Year, Western artist, John Fawcett, at the Fredericksburg Artist’s School in Texas. In 2009, Goodman was honored with permission to do an original portrait of 2006 Kentucky Derby Champion, Barbaro, to help raise funds for the Horse Protection Society’s “The Mane Event” in May 2009. The portrait brought in a $5,000 bid during the live auction and the proceeds helped pay vet bills for their 42 rescued equines. Several years ago, she was commissioned by ECU to do a commemorative print of the Pirate’s Peach Bowl victory over rival N.C. State.
Growing up, Roger Hicks said his interests were limited to learning about two things: drawing and God. The award-winning graphic designer admits the list has not changed much since then. His passion for drawing and painting the figure has continued for decades.
“People are fascinating. I try to capture in my paintings and drawing more than just a facade of the figure,” Hicks explained. “I try to catch the persona of the person, something you would only learn about that person after knowing them for a while. Catching the perfection of the human form is highly rewarding and drawing the human form is the acid test of one’s abilities. Every artist is always a student when it comes to drawing the complexity of the human figure.”
Hicks moved to Mecklenburg County in 2001 to teach full time at the Art Institute of Charlotte, where he currently teaches computer illustration, advertising, drawing and perspective, color theory, fundamentals of design, 3-D design, Corporate I.D, and life drawing. He is also an instructor and founder of his own company, Courtroom Graphics. He and his wife own Artworks on Main, a fine arts gallery in Mooresville, N.C. that offers art classes, art studios, art supplies and art workshops. Hicks earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Michigan’s Wayne State University and a master’s degree in adult education from Eastern Carolina University.
Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship.
Pictured above top right: Goodman's "Solitude" and lower left Hicks' "Inuit Girl."