By Kerri Guyton
The rich colors, fantasy subjects, and dream-like backgrounds of the paintings featured in Gallery Fifty Six’s November art show, Eclectic Visions: Paintings by Kay Robinson and Art Covington, bring fashion, music, and life in the natural world to the forefront of the artistic imagination.
Kay Robinson’s paintings are inspired by the exotic worlds of both contemporary and vintage fashion. Her subjects flaunt a stylish sophistication that is drawn from her many years of experience as a fashion illustrator for Goldsmith’s and Gerber’s department stores in Memphis. Dinner at Eight portrays a fashion beauty cloaked in classic black and white, bearing a little skin and the hint of a smile beneath her wide-brimmed Fedora hat.
Art Covington’s music-inspired paintings display the same passion as the works of his mentor, Memphis artist George Hunt. Covington also shows a softer side with pieces that feature the people and wildlife of the natural world. Visually stunning subjects highlight his talent for dimension, his sometimes psychedelic presentation of music interpretation, and his ability to capture an intimate human moment. Inside My Music II melds together elements of music and a musician’s human anatomy into one being, as if neither could exist without the other.
Eclectic Visions: Paintings by Kay Robinson and Art Covington will be on display at Gallery Fifty Six beginning Friday, Nov. 5 with an artists’ reception from 5-8pm, and running through Tuesday, Nov. 30. Gallery Fifty Six is located at 2256 Central Ave. For more information call (901) 276-1251 or visit galleryfiftysix.com.