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Harry Kells Jenkins (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Walter Barker

Abstract: The house image in my paintings grew from a synthesis of two directions pursued in my earlier work. The first direction was a concern for the traditional landscape and the second, the use of abstract/representational forms. The synthesizing of directions began in the early months of 1967. The house was chosen for subject matter, not only because of my latent architectural interest but at the time the city of Greensboro instituted a city beautification program. This program called for the widening of streets and eventual demolition of some older and quite picturesque houses. I wanted to capture these houses on canvas. This was a most romantic notion, perhaps the last since the series began. I called these paintings a series because the original idea proposed a set of four house paintings, to be viewed together. The primary intention was the reduction of the house image, through gradual elimination of the traditional details associated with the house (eg. windows, doors, building materials, etc.), to its simplest form yet still retain the image.

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Language: English
Date: 1969

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