“As I See It,” the paintings of Oklahoma Artist Steve Hicks will be featured in the Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, from January 12 through February 25, 2018. A reception for the artist will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Art Walk on January 12 from 6 to 9 pm. A second reception will be held on February 9 from 6 to 9 pm. Regular gallery hours are from 9 am to 2 pm, Monday through Friday. There is no admission charge.
Steve Hicks recently celebrated his retirement after 35 years teaching art at Oklahoma Baptist University. “I think I enjoy painting and drawing more than anything else,” he says. “Images can live on in our mind’s eye long after they have passed. Painting is a way to analytically think about that order of things and how they change – what falls away, what emerges.”
Hicks goes back and forth from abstract to the very normal landscapes. “It’s nice to have this type of variety,” he says. “One day, I may sit back and paint a portrait and the next day do an abstract where I can concentrate on color and form.” Even in paintings considered realistic, Hicks says he also looks for the abstract qualities. “Marks themselves can have their own beauty - one that slips from the literal into the abstract.”
Hicks received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, A Master of Studio Arts from Murray State University in Kentucky, and a Master of Fine Arts degree for the University of Arkansas. He taught in universities in Arkansas and Louisiana, prior to coming to Oklahoma.
He has served on the editorial advisory board for “On Drawing”, a text from the Collegiate Press, as well as the editorial advisory board for Kappa Pi (a national honorary art organization). Hicks has twice been selected as a fellow at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida and has been listed in Outstanding Artists and Designers, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in America’s Teachers.
Hicks’ artwork is in the Louisiana State Collection in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Eberhard-Faber Company in Crestwood, Pennsylvania, the Beaumont Art League Collection in Beaumont, Texas, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia and the Arkansas Collection of the First National Bank of Little Rock, as well as in various private collections throughout the United States.
Exhibits in The Depot Gallery are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous individual donors.