Known for his stunning portraits and skillful use of light, painter Casey Childs asserts the modern relevancy of tradition during a solo exhibition.
It was only four years ago that artist Casey Childs received First Honors in the Portrait Society of America’s 2011 International Portrait Competition.  His profound talent has not gone unnoticed since and his recent works feature in a current solo exhibition at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia.  “My work as a whole encompasses an exploration of the human experience,” Childs statement explains, “My interest in the people around me comes from the idea that we look at people every day, but we never really stop to SEE them.” 

Casey Childs, “Sydney,” oil on panel, 18 x 12 in. (c) Principle Gallery 2015

There is an undeniable personality to his sitter in “Waiting,” a beautiful – and large – oil on panel.  In full view and in center left is a well-covered female sitter, her large coat and scarf signaling the chill that surrounds her.  Although the composition is dominated by cool hues, our eyes find points of warmth in the fiery-red of her boots, scarf, and car break-lights in the background.  The scene is simple and casual, encouraging the viewer to consider the individuals they pass on occasion.

Casey Childs, “Nocturne on the Reservoir,” oil on linen, 48 x 24 in. (c) Principle Gallery 2015

“Sydney” also oozes expressive character.  Commanding with its powerful red background, a female subject dressed in a stylish black dress reclines on a minimally executed chair.  Despite the rather quick and fluid brushstrokes, the subject’s visage is remarkable, fresh, and lively.  Also noteworthy are the strange vertical accents or distortions that dance across the panel. 

Casey Childs, “Light and Solitude,” oil on panel, 17 x 12 in. (c) Principle Gallery 2015

“Casey Childs: Observations” opens on September 25 with a reception from 6:30 – 9 P.M.
To learn more, visit Principle Gallery.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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