The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts, University Series and Department of Art will open “Rico Lebrun: Consulting the Tangible World” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Griffith Gallery, Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Dr. Bradley Bailey, SFA assistant professor of art history, will speak on Lebrun’s life and work, and a reception hosted by Nacogdoches Junior Forum will follow.
This portrait of Peggy Bacon by Rico Lebrun will be included in “Rico Lebrun: Consulting the Tangible World” that opens at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Griffith Gallery on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus. The exhibition of drawings and paintings is presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts, University Series and the Department of Art.
The exhibition, which continues through Dec. 12, includes drawings and prints from the collection of Jim and Norma Cotton and Michael T. Ricker.
Lebrun was born in Naples, Italy, in 1900 and moved to the United States in 1924, producing murals in New York City and teaching at the Art Students League. In 1938, he moved to California and taught at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. Lebrun also worked for Disney Studios in the animation department, training the artists who created the animation for “Bambi.”
According to Shannon Bailey, SFA gallery director, Lebrun’s work tends to be asbstract and gestural yet heavily influenced by classical figural form.“We can see the influence of Michelangelo, Goya and Picasso in his art,” she continued.The wide variety of subject matter in his drawings and prints includes religious scenes, clowns, cripples, Holocaust survivors and images of Dante’s “Inferno.” During his lifetime, Lebrun exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Lebrun’s work is currently included in collections at the National Gallery of Art and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Pomona College Museum of Art and the San Diego Museum of Art.
The exhibition is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Junior Forum, SFA Friends of the Arts and SFA Student Government Association. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The exhibition and opening are free and open to the public. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.