Titled “Movements of the Body,” the Lively art exhibit will be on display in BC’s Art Gallery on the first floor of Lansdell Hall from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. The exhibit is open and free to the public. Weekend hours may be obtained by calling the Bluefield College Art Department at 276-326-4558.
Born in Clovis, New Mexico, in 1990, Lively earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts from Radford University in watercolor and drawing. His figurative works are made using mixed media, including pastel and watercolor. He describes the figurative pastel work in his “Movements of the Body” exhibit as “expressions of emotion through body language.” The pieces, he added, focus on the human body and a search for new expressive positions.
“Emotion is more then facial expressions,” said Lively. “Emotion is also seen through body language. Our non-verbals govern how others think and feel about us. Just as art is universal, how people hold themselves based on emotion is also universal.”
While creative and artistic, Lively’s works are technically accurate as he finds artistic qualities through the natural mark made by the medium, textures, and colors palette. Using pastel, he achieves musculature detail, unique marks, color vibrancy, and a strong play of light.
“I find the process and results to be exciting and creative,” said Lively. “Through color, mark, and body language, I am able to express an emotional experience in each painting.”
Lively has shown his art at the National Juried Exhibition in Harrisonburg, Virginia; the Watercolor Group Exhibition in Blacksburg, Virginia; the Green Heron Gallery in Radford, Virginia; and the Flossie Martin Gallery in Radford, Virginia. His works have earned Awards of Excellence, Awards of Distinction, and Best in Show in a variety of exhibitions.
For more information about the fall art show or other exhibits planned at Bluefield College, email [email protected].