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Ruth Pettus Opening Reception

Y:ART Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Ruth Pettus. Pettus is a respected element of Baltimore’s vibrant art scene who has enjoyed a passionate, devoted local following for her expressive, extraordinary works. This retrospective of the artist is an unprecedented gathering of her work; an impressive collection of mostly large scale art, not quite abstract, but driven by the suggestion of form rather than an obvious declaration of the theme. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 6-9pm.


Ruth Pettus has a long history of depicting men in her paintings. These men are often large and looming, indistinct but imbued with character. They are the main focus of many of Pettus’ works, often shown walking or standing on an obscure background. They are faceless, vacant, without expression; because Pettus decided that faces are unnecessary for the purpose of these paintings. The men depicted in these works are simplified, quiet subjects, utilizing a limited color palette, but each with their own very powerful presence.


Pettus started as an abstractionist, and this style is carried into her more recent paintings. Through the evolution of her technique, subjects were discovered and given shape, while remaining vague and suggestive. Although the focus of each work is nebulous, Pettus is able to represent the significance of human connection through the emotional experience of the viewer.  Each reaction is personal and unique to the individual.


We will be joined by Ruth Pettus for an Artist Talk on Saturday, May 25 from 4-6pm.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Y:ART Gallery 3402 Gough Street, Baltimore, MD 21224

Event Type

Arts & Culture





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